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Statement in support of World Food Day

Dr Charles Reed the Church of England's International and Development Affairs adviser said:
"World Food Day's "fight hunger to reduce poverty" campaign reminds us of the continuing need for emergency supplies faced by many in our own country as well as abroad. Our churches support those in need in the developing world as well as in our own communities.  Today UK Foodbank charity The Trussell Trust reveals that a record-breaking 100,000 people have received emergency food from UK foodbanks in just six months and warns that rises in food and fuel bills this winter could force more Britons into a crisis.

"Last week the CofE published new case studies showing that traditional harvest festivals are increasingly being used to support local foodbanks (link below). Our bishops in the House of Lords are also committed to speaking on issues of food security as part of Church's commitment to provide for human dignity for all."

 ENDS

Notes
Written response to Bishop of Derby's (Rt Revd Dr Alastair Refern) question on food prices in House of Lords last week.