Pupils from all years at St Richard’s Catholic College, aware of the need of people in their community, have made a big collection of food for the local Bexhill Food Bank. In addition to this, aware of the need of millions throughout the world, they carried this food to the food bank as a sponsored walk to raise money for CAFOD.
On Monday, March 25, 2013 a collection of pupils from each year walked three miles carrying the food. Katrina Avery, Chaplain at St Richard’s said “The Hungry for Change campaign has encouraged us to think of those in need in a special way this Lent, both those far away and those on our doorstep. We have written our pledges and prayers on a large number of loaves and fishes, now hanging in the corridors at school, to remind us of our commitment to those who don’t have enough food.“
One of the pupils said “Each of us had to carry two bags of food (kindly donated by all the pupils and parents from St. Richard’s) to the food bank. It was quite a cold day but we all managed to get through it! We were also being sponsored to do the walk, this money is going to CAFOD. When we got there, we sorted all the food into groups. The people running the food bank were very happy with all the food we donated.”
Another said “The walk to the Foodbank was very interesting. It was good to experience the distance someone less fortunate would have had to walk to collect their food for a couple of days or even a week. The weather outside was freezing and just a short walk became hard in these conditions. Knowing some have to walk even further than we did to collect food is terrifying. The Foodbank is a great cause and I was pleased to be able to help them.”
Hunger is the world’s biggest health risk, killing more people annually than the combined effect of diseases such as AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Currently, 870 million people – or 1 in 8 – go to bed hungry every night, millions of them children, even though there is enough food in the world to feed everyone.
Across the world, the price of basic food is expected to double by 2030. In developing countries people spend up to 70% of their income on food, while in richer countries people spend between 10-20% of their income on food.
Martin Brown, CAFOD’s manager for Sussex said: “We know this is a problem that is not limited to the developing world, and it’s fantastic to see young people in Bexhill feeling so strongly that they are prepared to step forward and take action. I hope they’ve warmed up again now.”
As well as raising money, the pupils have also been joining in CAFOD’s Hungry for Change Campaign is also campaigning for a fairer food system by calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to use the UK’s Presidency of the G8 to tip the balance of power in favour of small-scale farmers who grow half the world’s food and to push for checks on the power of global food companies.
CAFOD is asking campaigners to sign cards to the Prime Minister or send him a message online. The Hungry for Change action cards focus on the biblical parable of the loaves and fishes where giving even a small amount can make a difference to thousands of people. CAFOD’s Hungry for Change Campaign is running until October 2013. To call on David Cameron to take action on global hunger, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/hungry.
Hungry for Change comes as CAFOD and more than 109 other development agencies have joined together to campaign on the issue of hunger in the biggest coalition of its kind since Make Poverty History in 2005. The ‘Enough Food For Everyone….IF’ campaign is supported by philanthropist Bill Gates and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and was launched nationally at Somerset House, London, on January 23. To join the IF campaign, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/if