THE Archbishop of Canterbury has called on the Government to stop people going hungry in Britain. The leader of the Church of England stepped into the debate about food banks when he supported a report that calls on the state to back a £150m system to combat hunger in Britain. Writing in the Mail on Sunday, the Most Reverend Justin Welby makes a powerful call to prevent 8ritish families going hungry and asks David Cameron to reverse his decision not to take European funds for UK food banks. The Archbishop praised food bank volunteers for their work and said he was left more shocked by the plight of the UK’s poor and hungry than by those suffering in African refugee camps, because it was unexpected. He described some of his work in a refugee camp in The Democratic Republic of Congo and then went on to say:
“A few weeks later in England, I was talking to some people – a mum, dad and one child – in a food bank. They were ashamed to be there. The dad talked miserably. He said they had each been skipping a day’s meals once a week in order to have more for the child, but then they needed new tyres for the car so they could get to work at night, and just could not make ends meet. So they had to come to a food bank. They were treated with respect, love even, by the volunteers from local churches. But they were hungry and ashamed to be hungry. I found their plight more shocking. It was less serious, but it was here.”
On Monday, the Archbishop endorsed a parliamentary report in Westminster and is calling on the government to take quick action to implement its recommendations in full. The report calls for central government to join with charities, the food industry and food banks to establish a new network called Feeding Britain. The move would mark a significant extension of the State by making Government the overseer of the distribution of free food.
Herne Bay Times, December 10th 2014