From Church Action on Poverty communications <[email protected]>
Subject Seeking food justice in York - a story from Church Action on Poverty
Date September 15, 2021 10:20 AM
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Dear John


* How do we recognise and uphold the dignity, agency, and power of people in
* How do we ensure people with first-hand insights are heard and heeded?
* How do we bring together all our myriad experiences, skills and resolve, to
break free from poverty and build a more compassionate society?

Throughout this year, to help answer some of those questions, we are sharing the
stories behind the photos in the calendar that was distributed to our
saupporters in January. Each month, we focus on one inspirational project that
we are proud to stand alongside in the movement to end poverty. This month, we
hear from Mary and Sydnie in York.


As co-chairs of York Food Justice Alliance and tenacious campaigners against the
causes of poverty, Mary and Sydnie know that it’s not enough to hand out food,
if the broken systems are allowed to continue.

Before Covid, the alliance existed to coordinate all the different food aid
projects around York and to speak up about what was causing hunger in the first
place. The duo also ran their own project, a zero-waste food stall, which helped
many people get by day-to-day. But they both believe passionately in the need
for a long-term focus. Sydnie says:

“We need to look for an exit strategy. We need to look at how we can end the
need for having food banks.”

People with experience of poverty know better than anyone what needs to change,
and why. Those are the voices that must be heard most loudly.

On our blog, you can read more about the work of York Food Justice Alliance, and
see a short video made by Mary and Sydnie:

Read Mary and Sydnie's story at [[link removed]]

York Food Justice Alliance is just one of our partners in the movement to end UK

If you can make a donation to Church Action on Poverty, you could help more
people like Mary and Sydnie to uphold the dignity, agency and power of peopel in

Make a donation to Church Action on Poverty now at [[link removed]]

Best wishes,

Liam Purcell
Church Action on Poverty


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