Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ludlow: Hunger in the foodie capital of England

If you were looking for a moral critique of our unequal society you would not naturally look to the incoming head of Ludlow Rotarians. But the words of Michael Symonds, as reported by the Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser, are spot on:
Michael Symonds, a former headteacher at Bedstone College, has pledged that two key commitments for the coming year will be to help tackle homelessness and people going hungry. 
The club has launched Ludlow Cares – an initiative that will culminate in more than 100 people sleeping rough in the grounds of Ludlow College in September. 
The event will raise the plight of homeless people not just within Ludlow but across the West Midlands. 
Funds raised will be shared by St Basil’s, a charity that helps homeless young people, Barnardo’s and Ludlow Rotary Club’s charities, the primary one of which this year will be Ludlow Food Bank. 
“We live in the midst of an agricultural paradise and arguably the ‘foodie’ capital of England so it cannot be right that local people should be short of food,” said Michael Symonds. 
“It is our aim to ensure that working together with other agencies, people in Ludlow are not in that position.”
Beautiful rural areas like the Shropshire hills often have a hidden poverty problem and I believe it is worse in Ludlow than most towns.

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