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Muslim Council of Britain backs Archbishop’s call to increase support for the UK hungry

The following is a press release by the Muslim Council of Britain.

The Muslim Council of Britain backs the Archbishop of Canterbury call on our government to do more to support those who find themselves hungry in this time of economic hardship and austerity. The Archbishop’s call comes as an All-Party Parliamentary Committee today proposes urgent recommendations to tackle food poverty and hunger.

The Secretary General of the MCB, Dr Shuja Shafi said today:-

“We are extremely concerned at reports of increasing dependency by Britons on food banks and that people are going hungry including families with young children. In our country, one of the richest in the world, this is simply unacceptable and cannot be allowed to happen. We therefore welcome the intervention by the Archbishop and fully support his call.”

“Like many faith and civil society groups who have stepped up to provide food for those who find themselves in the unfortunate situation struggling to put meal on the table, many of our affiliated and other Muslim organisations have come forward to set up and support food banks. And we call upon our organisations to redouble our efforts. However, it is ultimately upon our government to ensure that sufficient support is provided so that no one has to spend a night in hunger.”

For examples of how Muslim groups are lending a helping hand, see http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/apr/02/muslim-groups-food-banks-tackle-poverty