Kirk leader backs campaign to tackle causes of hunger

By staff writers
18 Apr 2014

A senior Church of Scotland figure has reiterated the need to tackle causes of hunger in Britain, as foodbank use continues to increase.

The Rev Ewan Aitken, who is Secretary of the Kirk's Church and Society Council, told Ekklesia: "We welcome the work done by End Hunger Fast and others to highlight the scandal of food poverty in this country.

"Though we have not been formally part of this initiative because of our existing anti-poverty commitments, our prayers, best wishes and encouragement have been with all taking part.

"The Church of Scotland has tackling poverty as one of its major priorities. Throughout Lent we have been continuing our own initiatives and partnerships in this area.

"Foodbanks are a way of extending practical support to those in need. Christians are also rightly asking tough questions about the causes of hunger, and this is something that initiatives like End Hunger Fast are rightly highlighting."

The ­Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev Lorna Hood, told the Sunday Herald newspaper earlier this year: "Only very recently I made a visit to a food bank in Falkirk organised by 10 local churches. I felt proud of their work but angry that it was needed.

"When you are faced with overwhelming need and hungry children, then surely we have to conclude, 'This is not right,' and try to do whatever we can to alleviate the problem."

Ewan Aitken will shortly be leaving his Kirk post to lead the Edinburgh Cyrenians charity. Having been with the Church and Society Council for six years, he will take on the role of Chief Executive for the award-winning charity from May 2014.

Churches and charities across Britain have been pressing the UK government to face up to the scandal of food poverty effecting some one million people in one of the riches society's on the planet.

* More on End Hunger Fast from Ekklesia: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/endhungerfast

* Kirk leader to head up charity working with marginalised people: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/20307

* Report: 'Going Hungry? The Human Right to Food in the UK' (*.PDF Adobe Acrobat document): http://www.barrowcadbury.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Going-Hungry-...

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