28 June: Shared Table X: Food Banks

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More than a million 3 day emergency food parcels were given out by British food banks in 2015-2016. Read more about it here: what food banks do . This does not include parcels given directly by the Saint Vincent de Paul Society and other organisations.

I know people who have greatly benefited from this service. One mother often seems to have more teabags than she needs, but this means that she is able to share her surplus with others. That feels good!

Another interesting story was in The Observer on 4th December last. A Dublin organisation was able to establish deliveries of fresh food that a supermarket would have dumped to a women’s refuge. This abundance brought the women out of themselves and they began to share: to share food, to share a kitchen (I find that a real challenge!), to share recipes, to be good to each other.

Please pop a few cans into the collection baskets at your supermarket or church and help your local food bank keep going. Summertime, and the living will not be so easy when the children do not get their free school meals!

 

WT.

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2 responses to “28 June: Shared Table X: Food Banks

  1. I volunteer at my local foodbank and I know what a lifeline it has been to the people who visit us. Sad but true.

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    • Thank you David and Liza. I would add one comment after reading Mark Brown in Today’s ‘i’ newspaper. ‘The Poor are allowed nice things.’ Pop a special pack of biscuits or some other dainty dish into the food bank. Poor people ARE allowed nice things.
      Will.

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