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Concern at need for food banks - McCann

31 October, 2013 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann has expressed concern at the growing need for food banks across the North.

Speaking following a number of engagements with community

organisations in Strabane the West Belfast MLA said:

"The first food bank in the North West opened in Strabane in August of
this year.  It opened following a number of community, voluntary and statutory organisations coming together to target need.

“While the organisations are to be commended for providing a much-needed service to people it is extremely worrying that poverty levels have become so high that people are dependant on food banks to feed their families.

“More needs to be done to tackle poverty and disadvantage and to ensure that people have an adequate income.

“The people running the food bank told me of their concern in the growing level of need in the area, which has one of the highest levels of child poverty across the North.

“As we approach the winter where many families will be faced with the choice of whether to put food on the table or heat their homes, there is a huge responsibility on us all to target resources where they are needed."

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