Rev Tim Richards: Food banks signify a failure at the top
THE new food bank for Street and the surrounding villages opened two weeks ago. It has been the work of many people from local churches and the community to go from discussion to opening.
In order for it to continue it will involve the whole community working and pulling together, this is a good thing, but the opening of any Food Bank is not a cause in itself of celebration.
Stretching back more than three thousand years ago the book of Leviticus, in our Old Testament, contains these words: "When you reap the harvest, you shall not reap to the very edges of your land. You shall not gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor".
There may always be a need to ensure that those who find themselves in a tough place can receive help. This speaks of a society that has values and cares.
The opening of this Food Bank is a tribute to the character of Street and its people. The fact that any are needed in our country is however a failure of those who hold high office and when blame is put on to the very people who find themselves in need of such help it is a disgrace.