Anyone who watched Ken Loach's powerful film 'I, Daniel Blake' could not fail to be moved and troubled by its portrayal of poverty in modern Britain. As well as the bureaucratised cruelty of the welfare system administered by the Tory government, the film exposes just how great the dependence upon food banks has become in this country.
The growth of food banks since 2010 is a damning indightment of Tory Britain. But while we may feel uncomfortable about the increased need for food banks, it is important to support them while that need exists, and Stroud Green is no exception.
The Holy Trinity Food Bank - which is based in Holy Trinity Church on Granville Road - opened in 2013 and the number of people attending has grown considerably since. With the roll-out of Universal Credit hitting the area shortly, demand is expected to become even greater.
Distribution takes place from 13.30 to 15.30 on Sundays at Holy Trinity Church. You can donate throughout the week, and there are collection points at Londis on Ferme Park Road and in Stroud Green Library. You can find out more from the website here:
The website lists the key items they are in need of, including sanitary products and other toiletries as well as food. You can also find out how to volunteer at the food bank.
Stroud Green Labour recently collected donations for the food bank at our stall at the Quernmore Road street party. It was heartening to see how generous local people were, and we would encourage people to continue to give regularly.
Cllr Tim Gallagher