Stroud District Council has unanimously supported calls for a greater level of food justice considering the Covid-19 situation. Over the past year during the coronavirus crisis record numbers of residents have been accessing food banks. This has led to the council announcing a new scheme involving Food Justice Champions to work with partners and tackle Food Justice locally.
Cllr Nigel Prenter (Rodborough) said “We thank all groups and individuals who give their time and goods freely to support those less fortunate than them. We must combat and eradicate the causes of food poverty. It is heart-breaking to think that many people in our district struggled with food insecurity over the Christmas period.”
I really hope that we can learn the lessons of this crisis, many of those vulnerable to Food insecurity are the same people who we are encouraged to celebrate as key workers.”
According to the Trussell trust, there have been over 3,534 food parcels distributed across the district largely to families through organizations such as the Prince Albert in Rodborough and the GL11 Community center in Cam as demand continues to rise.
Parish Councillor and candidate for Rodborough in the 2021 District Council Elections Robin Layfield Said “This crisis will continue to escalate throughout the winter and those already struggling to balance work and home-schooling, safety and job security are going to be put under even greater strain. I am proud of the way that our community has come together to be there for everyone at the time of most need, but it shouldn’t have to be this way. Those in our community who have stepped up and given their support – and continue to do so unconditionally deserver our praise and gratitude. They lead by example.
What we need to see now from this Government is some commitment, starting with the provision of resources where they are most needed, not dodgy deals, crony contracts, and meaningless platitudes. People need to be fed, teachers, health, care, and frontline workers need to be vaccinated, children need to be provided with the tools to help them continue their education online and the most vulnerable deserve our compassion and support. This goes double for those who now find themselves homeless and destitute or queuing up to access the foodbank. Now is the time for kindness.”