Fight Food Poverty
Solidarity Not Charity
Up and down Britain, branches of the Young Communist League are working with local food banks and aid organisations on a semi-regular basis to help run collections for food, toiletries, and other essential items in their local communities.
Food poverty in Britain in 2021?!
Statistics from the Trussel Trust, the nationwide charity coordinating food banks, show that since 2008 the number of emergency three day food supplies provided by foodbanks in Britain has increased from 25,899 to 1,900,122 – an increase of 7,237%. Approximately 14.3 million working people in Britain are living in poverty. That’s more than 1 in 5, with the majority coming from households where at least one person is working. The real figure could be far higher.
The reality behind these statistics is sickening – working people in one of the richest countries on the planet are unable to feed themselves. It is a damning indictment of the inhumane capitalist system. This increase is the direct result of the austerity policies of successive Conservative Governments.
Workers must fight to remove this anti-worker government. But we also need to come together to help the most vulnerable working people made to suffer in the interests of big business and finance capital.
Why are we doing it?
Communists don’t believe in charity. Working people deserve more than the crumbs off the table. This is a political act. It will draw attention to the cruel impact of Tory austerity in the working class communities that we live in. It is a practical example of working class solidarity and a demonstration of unity in the face of this Government. Equally importantly, it will provide some small relief to those facing dire poverty as we approach winter.
Please give generously. We appreciate your support and solidarity.