Monday, 24 February 2014

End Hunger Fast

"Britain is hungry.
Half a million people used food banks in the last year. Charitable support programmes are rapidly expanding but nonetheless a quarter of families are shrinking portion sizes. 5,500 people were admitted to hospital for malnutrition last year.

No one should go hungry in Britain. More and more people are just one unexpected bill away from facing bare cupboards. This is a national and moral crisis and government must act to protect the half a million going hungry in Britain."

I've take this from the home page of the End Hunger Fast campaign - they are campaigning for an end to hunger in Britain, and are asking people to join in a one day fast on Friday April 4th to send a message to the government that the current situation is unacceptable.

The Trussell Trust, along with other organisations, are doing fantastic work in running foodbanks, and providing help for those in need, however the response from the Goverment is somewhat different.

As is well documented, the Work & Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith walked out of a House of Commons debate on this subject, refusing to answer questions.  IDS has also accused foodbank organisers of scaremongering.

Former Tory Junior Health Minister Edwina Currie continued the insults, saying that foodbank users spend their money on tattoos.

The End Hunger Fast campaign is suggesting various ways to fast - I'm planning on doing the Dawn to Dusk fast.

Please join me, and let's send a clear message to the Government of this country.

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