Going hungry to help the Fastathon

Reporters Connie Primmer (left) and Bev Creagh taking part in the Fastathon
Reporters Connie Primmer (left) and Bev Creagh taking part in the Fastathon

It’s a long time since I skipped a meal for such a good cause.

But on Thursday my colleague Connie Primmer and I went without lunch and donated £3 each to the Luton Foodbank.

We were supporting the Fastathon challenge set by the Foodbank and the Discover Islam centre.

It was to raise awareness of the shocking fact that there are hundreds of families – not in the Third World but right here in Luton – who do not know where their next meal is coming from.

Luton Foodbank was set up in November last year as a community benefit society.

Its aims are to provide nutritionally balanced and culturally-appropriate food free to people in hardship or distress who are referred by an agreed network of relevant agencies.

A spokesman said: “It’s a major initiative and the positive response of volunteers and local organisations willing to help has been phenomenal.

“We really hope this goes a long way to help prevent young children going to school hungry and to tackle the cause and effect of food poverty.”

> To help call 07796 603760 or email lutonfoodbank@gmail.com