Food Bank December 2020
FOOD POVERTY IN BURNLEY
Father Alex from St Matthew’s and Pastor Mick from the Church on the Streets Ministries have been extremely busy on TV and radio this week, raising awareness about food poverty during COVID-19 in Burnley (week commencing 30 November). Articles have also been written in national and local press.
It has been heart-breaking and deeply moving to see the emotions from those working tirelessly to help people who are really struggling in our local communities. There are some very moving stories highlighted in these pieces.
HOW TO CATCH UP ON THESE STORIES?
There has been a huge amount of media coverage following the first BBC news story. We have highlighted some of stories below so you can watch or read them again.
If you have not had the opportunity to watch the feature on BBC national news, you can watch it now by clicking on this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-55133081
An extended, 12 minute documentary version of the BBC story has been shown on the weekend of 5/6 December. Click on this link to watch the extended broadcast. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000qtq7
The Observer/ The Guardian newspaper ran the story on 5th December highlighting the struggle of many vulnerable people in Burnley. The article can be viewed here: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/dec/05/exploitation-of-the-poor-borders-on-evil-say-clerics-driven-to-tears-by-debt-crisis
Lancashire Evening Post covered the story on 4th December and can be read here: https://www.lep.co.uk/news/people/donations-burnley-charity-reach-almost-ps55000-three-days-after-it-features-national-spotlight-3057945
The story was also featured on the Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show on 1st December. You can listen to this by clicking on the following link https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000pxrt and logging into your BBC account. Please fast forward until about 30 minutes into the show.
HOW TO HELP?
If you want to support the Foodbank, with a donation of dried, packaged or tinned food, you can do so at St Matthew’s Church. We are there every Saturday, between 9-11 am. Also please do visit us at the same time if you would like to collect a food parcel.
Some people have asked how they can make a financial donation. The easiest way to donate is via our online giving page. To access the page, please click on this link:
If you would like more information about giving, including details of how to give by bank transfer or cheque please go to the ‘Support St Matthew’s Page’.
Responding to food poverty is a marathon, not a sprint, so if you want to help, please do not feel obliged to give immediately. We welcome help at any time of the year, so you can wait until January/ February time when the months are cold and people will still be in great need of support.
We want to thank you all for the tremendous support and kindness displayed, and it provides real hope for better days to come.