This past week members of our group/RATH. Community Group in conjunction with REACH provided 10 homes with food parcels with the last being provided this evening. We also gathered some toys for some families. If we cannot help our own, what is the point in our very existence?

There is a real stigma around food banks with many people too embarrassed to ask for help. There are groups including ourselves who can offer it. Please don’t suffer in silence. In 2019 the number of people in Northern Ireland using food banks has risen by 29% as more families struggle with the cost of living.

In just six months, 17,571 three-day emergency food supplies were given to people in crisis here. Almost half of these (7,260) went to children.

A lot of this stems from delays in benifit entitlements. Maybe our government can set aside their petty differences and implement new policy’s. It’s in our power as a country to end the need for food banks. This can change. We can only hope and pray!