St John’s Serve up Soup for CAFOD

CAFOD supporters at St John's Burnley tuck into their soup.

CAFOD supporters at St John’s Burnley tuck into their soup.

This Lent the people of St John the Baptist’s Burnley are supporting CAFOD by holding a Soup Kitchen. Every Friday during Lent a dedicated group of ladies from St John’s are making soup to raise funds for CAFOD’s work.

Each Friday during Lent a lunch of potato & leek or vegetable soup with bread, followed by cheese & crackers with tea, is being served up, all for the price of £2. St John’s CAFOD Group decided to hold their soup kitchen to support CAFOD’s “Hungry for Change” 2013 Lenten Appeal. The parish of St John the Baptist’s has been a long-term supporter of CAFOD, in fact the parish’s CAFOD group celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The Lenten soup kitchen has been an annual fundraiser for most of those 30 years and has raised over £15,000 for CAFOD’s development work across the globe. Local bakery firm Warburton’s have kindly donated the bread for the soup kitchens so more money can be raised for CAFOD.

Right now, 870 million people go to bed hungry every night, millions of them children, even though there is enough food in the world to feed everyone. Hunger is the world’s biggest health risk, killing more people annually than the combined effect of diseases such as AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

CAFOD’s Hungry for Change campaign is calling for a fairer food system. We’re asking Prime Minister David Cameron to use the UK’s Presidency of the G8 to tip the balance of power in favour of small-scale farmers and push for checks on the power of global food companies.

St John's Ladies in front of CAFOD display

St John’s Ladies in front of CAFOD display

Jackie Hindle-South, member of St John’s CAFOD Group, said: “We often take food for granted in this country and don’t think about it until there is a problem, like the recent horsemeat contamination. However, nearly a billion people around the world go to bed hungry every night. It doesn’t need to be this way; together we can make a difference and tackle some of the injustices that exist. The soup kitchen gives us a chance to learn and talk more about the world and it’s so good to get together as a community to share a meal.”

To get involved with the CAFOD Lenten Appeal or the “Hungry for Change” campaign just visit the CAFOD website for great fundraising ideas and details of how to join the campaign.

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