On 1st October 2013 Food Bank Action’s United Against Poverty event was held in three major UK cities. We held food banks outside political offices to highlight the extent of poverty and resulting pressures on food banks in the UK today. We provided information for passers-by and council workers, entertainment for the homeless and impoverished, and we fed around 150 people.
In London, United Against Poverty was held outside City Hall. Representatives from DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) attended, and Will Tun and The Wasters boisterously attracted the attention of passers-by and some City Hall staff, who came out to watch. The event was covered by The Guardian (link coming soon!).
In Leicester, Mellow Baku entertained a large crowd of food bank users and supporters who turned up outside the City Council offices. We attracted attention from passers-by and council staff, and City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby came out to speak to the crowd and answer questions. Artwork created by disadvantaged young people was displayed by YEP (Youth Education Project) and After18. The event was covered by the Leicester Mercury and BBC Radio Leicester.
Leicester Mercury Article: Click here!
The Bristol team gave out food to a crowd of people outside Housing Options, commenting on how quickly the food went. The event attracted attention of passers-by on a busy street in the centre of town.
ABOUT FOOD BANK ACTION
Food Bank Action exists to highlight the extent of poverty and resulting reliance on food banks in the UK today.
Half a million Brits are using food banks currently, a figure which has seen a dramatic rise since public sector cuts have been enforced. Many food bank users are disabled and vulnerable people who have lost their welfare payments, others are individuals who cannot find full-time work. Elderly people, teenagers and families are also amongst those relying on food banks.
Welfare and homeless service cuts, Atos assessment failures and the “Bedroom Tax” are added pressures on some of our country’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Socioeconomic differences account for 5,000 diet-related deaths a year in the UK and in all age groups, poorer people are more likely to suffer malnutrition and diet-related disease. Sick, elderly and disabled individuals are especially vulnerable to malnutrition. For many people food banks really are a life-line they would not survive without.
We believe that impoverished human beings are worth investing in; that many are skilled and creative individuals who can contribute to society with the right kind of support. We believe that politicians need to confront the reality of what is happening to poor people in Britain and commit to tackling the issue. An important part of this process is listening to the voices of vulnerable people worst affected by service cuts, and recognising that charities which feed impoverished people are struggling to meet demands.
Coming soon: watch this space for more photos, artwork and information!