On Wednesday 16th April national papers reported the staggering truth that 1 million people in the UK received emergency food parcels in the last year.
Throughout lent we’ve been fasting and praying in response to the shocking and terrible rise in hunger, yesterday we responded with action.
Keith Hebden marked the end of his 40 day fast with a visit to David Cameron’s office in Witney, armed with a letter signed by over 600 church leaders calling for urgent government action.
100s of people gathered for a vigil outside Houses of Parliament. With speeches from Chris Mould, Jack Monroe, Vicky Beeching and Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, there was clear and united call to end hunger in the sixth richest nation in the world.
The fast is over, the work begins
Yesterday was the official close of the End Hunger Fast campaign, but our resolution to end hunger doesn’t stop here. Please consider supporting the vital work of Church Action on Poverty and Trussell Trust to combat hunger.
A donation from you can help ensure MPs hear the truth of why people are going hungry
MPs of all parties have just launched an independent Parliamentary inquiry into food poverty and hunger, chaired by the Bishop of Truro and Frank Field MP. It is critical that the Inquiry hears directly from people who are using foodbanks why they are going hungry – and what needs to happen to End Hunger in the UK. With your support, Church Action on Poverty can make this happen, by organising regional Hearings across the country. Please pledge a donation of £10, £20 or £50 now
Help crack UK hunger
For many UK families, this Easter won’t be about eggs and chocolate, it will be a struggle to put food on the table at all.
Trussell Trust foodbanks gave three days’ emergency food to 913,138 people nationwide in 2013-4, including 330,205 children, 163% more people than last year. Research by parenting site Netmums shows that 1 in 5 working families have had to choose between eating and paying an essential bill in the last 12 months. The Trussell Trust needs your help to stop people going hungry in the UK which is why they’re asking you to donate the cost of an Easter egg, or if you’d like to help longer term could you give a regular gift?
Could you spare a few hours a week?
Volunteers are a big part of our team at The Trussell Trust. You can volunteer anything from a few hours at an event to five days a week, giving out food to people in crisis at a foodbank centre. We really value any contribution you make. Find out more here.