A recent study by Oxfam and Church Action on Poverty says that more than half a million UK people may rely on food banks, three times as many in 2012 as in the previous year.
It sites benefit cuts, unemployment and the increased cost of living for the growth in hunger and poverty. Oxfam said: “Cuts to social safety-nets have gone too far, leading to destitution, hardship and hunger.”
The report, which was backed by the Trussell Trust, the UK’s biggest provider of food banks, calls the amount of food poverty in the UK, the seventh richest country in the world, a “national disgrace”.
The local Foodbank is a local response to this need. People can be referred to it by doctors, social workers etc. and receive an emergency package of three days’ food supply, together with advice and support to help them cope with their situation.
Chaplaincy at the Meeting House is a collection point for the Foodbank. Gifts of non-perishable food (rice, pasta, tea bags, sugar, dried or tinned food of various kinds) can be brought into the Meeting House at any time.
The need is all the year round, but this week we are making a special appeal culminating in a short Harvest service on Friday, 18th October in the Meeting House from 12.15 to 12.45. You may bring your gifts to this service or come in with them at any other time.