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Food Justice Focus on Church Poverty Sunday

Tuesday January 26

Churches are encouraged to remember people who struggle to feed themselves on Church Action on Poverty (CAP) Sunday, February 7.

To mark the event, CAP is asking to churches to plan a worship service giving thanks for the gift of food and celebrating work being done to tackle hunger and poverty in the UK; to hold a collection or soup lunch to raise funds for their work; and to speak out for the right to food.

CAP describe the day as ‘a key staging post’ towards the launch of a major new ‘food justice’ campaign in the UK.

A specially commissioned video on the Right to Food will be launched on February 7, highlighting the UK Government’s duty under international human rights law to secure the human right to food for everyone in the country – and accusing it of failing in that duty because of welfare reforms, benefit cuts and sanctions.

Church Action on Poverty Director Niall Cooper said: "I’ve lost count of the number of conversations I’ve had with people in churches across the country to the effect of 'I’ve got involved in my local foodbank because people are going hungry – but in a wealthy country like ours I don’t think people should need to be going to a foodbank.' We invite anyone who feels this way to join us on 7 February, and break bread for all. Pray, give, and sign up to the campaign to end hunger in the UK."

Information and resources for Church Poverty Sunday are available at www.church-poverty.org.uk/sunday

 


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