Food Poverty – ‘the inability to obtain affordable healthy food’
In Northern Ireland 1 in 10 children are living in severe poverty; 1 in 5 pensioners in Northern Ireland are living in poverty (many have to choose between heating their homes or putting food on their tables) and welfare reforms mean some vulnerable families will see a reduction in benefits and many will struggle to provide the most basic of needs and food for their children.
Isaiah Ch 58 v10 says “If you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday”.
Food poverty can cause stress, isolation, embarrassment, frustration, depression, low self esteem and fear and you can help to reach out to those who are in need in our community.
- To provide food on a short term basis for people in difficult circumstances who live in our immediate area.
- To make meaningful connections with people.
- To create a loving non-judgemental environment where people feel valued and respected.
How can YOU help:-
- Donate food (monthly or occasionally)
- Volunteering (Wednesday mornings – the food bank will open in June every Wednesday from 10am – 11.30am)
- connect with people
- serve tea/coffee
- pack grocery bags
- Help manage the store room
If you want to know more about Sustain, want to get involved or know of someone who can be helped leave your details at the information desk on Sunday or contact the church office.
A little help can make a huge difference.