Academy Room (BA-00-008), Ulster University Belfast campus, York St.
28th March: 12.00pm – 1.30pm
VIEW editor Brian Pelan and Mary McManus, Manager of the East Belfast Independent Advice Centre (EBIAC), invite you to a public meeting to discuss the rise of food banks in Belfast.
UN envoy Philip Alston (who visited Belfast in November, 2018 as a part of UK-wide visit which looked at the impact of austerity): “In the past two weeks I have talked with people who depend on food banks and charities for their next meal, who are sleeping on friends’ couches because they are homeless and don’t have a safe place for their children to sleep, who have sold sex for money or shelter, children who are growing up in poverty unsure of their future, young people who feel gangs are the only way out of destitution, and people with disabilities who are being told they need to go back to work or lose support, against their doctor’s orders.”
Film director Ken Loach: “I think we have to look again at this whole cruel sanctions and benefits system which is out to tell the poor that their poverty is their own fault and if they don’t have a job it’s because they’re incompetent or useless ….. The fact that we now accept food banks as part of our national scene and it’s there and accepted, this is really unacceptable, isn’t it?”