Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Lancaster Town Hall to host food poverty conference

Lancaster Town Hall will be hosting a community conference this month to raise awareness of the food poverty which exists in the local area.

Beyond Food Banks will take place on Thursday 12th June and is being organised by the Lancaster Sustainable Food Cities group, supported by both Lancaster City and Lancashire County Councils.
More than 50 members from the local community will be coming together to understand in more detail the food poverty that exists in our area, both urban and rural and the current resources available to ensure we respond to food poverty especially to those in need of emergency food aid.

The aim of the conference is to enable representatives from local charities, businesses, voluntary and faith groups and public organisations to discuss and generate new practical ideas to stop people falling into or staying in food poverty and plan how they can make them happen.

It promises to be a lively and interesting day with seven local speakers giving brief inputs of up to the minute information, including representatives from the Olive Branch, Marsh Community Centre and the Soil Association as well as local author Mike Berners-Lee.

Councillor Jon Barry, Cabinet member with responsibility for the voluntary sector, said:  “The conference will provide the perfect occasion for public organisations and the voluntary sector to share their knowledge and skills and discover new ways in which they can make a difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”

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