Is it not this kind of fasting I have chosen? … Is it not to share your food with the hungry? Isaiah 58:6-7
It is a well- known fact that there are hungry people in other parts of the world such as the African countries, but what about in the UK? In Bournemouth?
The need for foodbanks has never been greater that it is today. The people in need include young families, single parent families, refugee families, couples, single people and the elderly. Yes, even the elderly. I was shocked to learn that a lady of 90 years of age had arrived at a foodbank with a referral voucher for food. Factors such as low income, benefit sanctions or delays, zero hour employment contracts and debt problems bring people to foodbank. At a time when local services are being squeezed, some referring agencies and charities have been unable to make so many referrals, although anyone who hits a crisis is able to access support. There has been an increase in the number of employed people and children receiving emergency supplies.
The challenges are always present such as funding to operate and run the foodbank premises and staffing costs. Also the provision of foodstuff and toiletries on an on-going basis is paramount. Thank you for your faithful giving here. St Saviour’s is well-known as a faithful and giving church.
I admit I have struggled with the idea of fasting, but this scripture has put a new light on it. Perhaps fasting is not always about missing meals, but being ready to share the food that we have. The foodbank challenge, to live on a food parcel for 3 days, can be a big learning curve as well as a fundraiser for the work. This can be on an individual, family or group basis. When faced with a very limited supply and choice, food suddenly becomes the main focus of the day. If you would like more information on this, please come and chat to me.
Prayer points: Debbie, Project Manager, says ‘Please pray for God’s continued financial provision and also His guidance and wisdom in the way forward into the future for foodbank in Bournemouth. Thank you.’