Thursday 04 June 2020
Green Party Councillor for Holywood and Clandeboye, Kathryn McNickle has said that an increase in food bank use during Covid-19 shows that we are not all in this together.
The Trussell Trust recorded a 142% increase in food bank use across Northern Ireland during April 2020.
Cllr Kathryn McNickle commented:
”Clearly, we are not and never were, in this pandemic together.
“There were unacceptable levels of food poverty before now but the sudden shock of Covid-19 has plunged people into more serious situations.
“Some within society have been particularly vulnerable to food poverty - workers on zero hours contracts, people falling ill and struggling to feed a family on statutory sick pay as two of many examples.
“The Department for Communities food box scheme is greatly needed and the work of charities and volunteers delivering food boxes and parcels must be recognised.
“Rather than just plugging the gaps, however, we need to think longer term about food poverty and how we support people across society.
“There is an opportunity to build back better from this pandemic and make a Green Recovery. For the Green Party, in the first instance, that means tackling food poverty through Universal Basic Income.”
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