Shape the systems of welfare so that no one ever is forced to be hungry or cold.
On Friday 6 November 2015, The Larder food bank in St Christopher’s, Mersey Street, Inner East Belfast, gave out emergency food to its 5000th person in under three years. The Larder exists to both serve people in need and as a reminder that some things in our society are not working as well as they could. This list of signatures is addressed to all who could help to make the changes required to improve this situation.
Our Statement is:
"At the original feeding of the 5000 Jesus said to his followers, “Give them something to eat.” We would like to apologise to all those who have less than they need because others want to keep more than we need. Would you, the policy makers, join with us in bringing about the changes that will make this apology more than words? We believe that qualities like compassion and generosity and kindness are valid motivations when making decisions about welfare and health and the economic policies associated with them."
Our whole society needs to gently swing from the pursuit of personal gain to community well-being. We and other community-based groups will attempt this at grass roots level but would like to challenge the NI Assembly and individual MLAs to join us in the pursuit of a more equal society.
- Northern Ireland MLAs
Reduce food poverty
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