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Teens tackle food poverty

Posted on November 28 2016 at 10:59:40

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Members of a Barnt Green church youth group explain how they are helping those in need at Christmas.

The St Andrew’s Church Youth Group, Sunday Session, recently looked into issues around food poverty. We often take for granted what we have and many of us can easily dismiss problems like food poverty as we think that it is too big a problem or it is out of our reach.

But we at Sunday Session have realised that it is on our doorstep and so decided to take action.

In August 2015 the B30 food bank, in collaboration with Cotteridge church, fed 362 people. This August they had to feed 741 people, more than double that of the previous year.

We are planning to run a “reverse advent calendar” here at church. Each week, instead of receiving a chocolate through a window, we will give whatever tinned food we can to support the efforts of the food bank during this particularly difficult time.

Another issue we care about here at Sunday Session is the lives of those who visit the food bank – these lives can be improved by the simplest kindnesses, like giving shampoo and sanitary products which they may be living without in their seemingly helpless situation.

Sunday Session will also be holding a tea and coffee afternoon, where we will not only be selling cakes, but hopefully raising money and awareness for this worthy cause.

This is going to happen in St Andrew’s Parish Centre in Barnt Green on December 3 from 2pm until 4pm. We would love to see as many people there as possible to support our efforts.

As part of our campaign we also aim to write to our MP about food poverty, and help those we know who are finding everyday tasks difficult at this time of year.

For more details contact Rev Sheri Gidney, curate of St Andrew’s and St Michael’s Cofton Hackett, on 0121 238 7912.

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