29th September 2016
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Why are they falling in? (The Rev David Cooper)

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You carry news of the relocation of the Shetland Food Bank from the Salvation Army building to St Magnus Street in Lerwick. The food bank now also comes under the national umbrella of the Trussell Trust.

Alongside this excellent piece of work, Beyond Foodbanks is a growing confederacy of aid and political programmes to create a food justice movement. It calls for stronger and more coordinated national and local government action to reduce food poverty.

Oh that with every donation to the food bank we might send a letter of protest at this state of affairs to our political representatives.

It is Desmond Tutu who is often quoted as having said: “There comes a point when we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they are falling in.”

The Rev David Cooper
North Isles Manse,
Gutcher,
Yell.

AboutAdam Civico

The Shetland Times editor since October 2012. Born and bred in South Yorkshire, before moving to Shetland I was assistant editor at the Barnsley Chronicle, where my journalism career began. When not editing The Shetland Times I can be found walking or (occasionally) running, enjoying good food, or trying to find the latest Sheffield Wednesday result. Contact me with your news and views about Shetland – a.civico@shetlandtimes.co.uk, on Twitter @adamcivico or telephone 01595 746715.

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