Although I’m heartened the CofE are focusing on foodbanks as part of Harvest Festival, I find it desperately sad that we need foodbanks at all.
Churches across the country are supporting vital foodbanks for their local communities as part of their traditional harvest festival.
“We need foodbanks,” said churchwarden Dorothea Hackman, “so families feeling the bite of the recession and reduced benefits this winter will not have to send their children hungry to school.”
In the past year the North Liverpool Foodbank has fed 3000 people (just under half being children) raising 27 tonnes of food mainly from local churches and schools.
Vicar of St Andrew’s Clubmoor, Canon Steve McGanity said “Harvest is a time to remember God’s abundant generosity yet in 21st century Britain we are faced with the shocking reality of starving families being unable to provide for themselves. Our Foodbank in Liverpool struggles to meet the increasing demand from local families in need. Our Harvest services give our church communities the opportunity to be involved in providing for the needs of the poorest families in the most deprived communities in Liverpool.”
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