As a number of food banks struggle to meet the growing demand, one of Wales' religious leaders has called on her fellow Christians to turn their faith into action by contributing what they can in food or money. 

"An increasing number of families are relying on the banks to put food on the table, but with demand increasing, and living costs leading to fewer contributions, there’s a real risk that people will be turned away from food banks because the shelves are empty," said the Revd Beti–Wyn James, President of the Union of Welsh Independent Churches. 

"There’s particular concern about the current period – the school holidays. During term time children usually have at least one nutritious meal each day. And it’s excellent that agreement has been reached in the Senedd to provide free school food for all primary pupils, starting in September.

"But in the meantime, more and more families are having to turn to the food banks, including people in low paid jobs. As energy bills increase the food banks are busier than ever, but as the cost of living affects everyone, ensuring a steady flow of food and money donations to the banks becomes more difficult.

"My appeal to my fellow Christians is simple. Jesus' words: "I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. Whatever you did for one of the least of these… you did for me.’


NOTE: The first food banks were set up by the Trussell Trust, inspired by the above quote. The Trust now supports 1,200 food banks in the UK. Last year, over two million food packs were distributed. The charity also campaigns for an end to poverty and the need for food banks.

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