Councillor in hunger fast

Lancashire County Councillor Azhar Ali, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, is supporting a national event tomorrow aimed at making people aware of food poverty.

Hunger fast: County Councillor Azhar Ali
Hunger fast: County Councillor Azhar Ali

The event, called The End Hunger Fast, is supported by local church and faith leaders. County Coun. Ali, who reprersents Nelson South, is urging people to take part in the fast and to support their local food bank by donating goods or money, or by giving up some of their time to help out.

He said: “Food poverty is a growing problem that everyone needs to be aware of.

“It’s shocking that 5,500 people across Britain were admitted to hospital with malnutrition last year. This is a health issue that we should all do something about and supporting your local food bank is an excellent way to do this.

“The food banks feed families in disadvantaged areas but they need the help of the local community to keep providing these services, whether from people helping to prepare or hand out the food, or to make donations.

“I’d encourage everyone to fast tomorrow and support their local food bank whenever they can.”