Free pancakes and prayers for the hungry helped raise awareness of food poverty this week.
Tasty Shrove Tuesday treats with traditional toppings, were handed out at Wakefield Cathedral to help highlight the work of food banks, including those at St George’s Community Centre in Lupset and St Catherine’s Church Centre in Agbrigg.
On Ash Wednesday, which marked the start of Lent, church leaders from all denominations then gathered on the cathedral steps to pray for people in need and encourage others to donate food.
The gathering coincided with the start of the national End Hunger Fast campaign.
The Bishop of Wakefield the Rt Revd Stephen Platten is one of 27 Anglican bishops and 16 other clergy who showed support for the campaign by accusing the government of creating ‘hardship and hunger’ in a letter to a national newspaper, which slammed benefit cuts.
He is set to fast today, to highlight the plight of starving people, after thousands of people took part in a national day of fasting on Wednesday.
Urging people to think of others this Lent, Rev Canon Andi Hofbauer, canon precentor at Wakefield Cathedral said: “Lent has traditionally been seen as a time of self-denial. Whilst a bit of discipline is no bad thing, Jesus is not concerned about us eating chocolate, but rather about how we engage with others in need.
“Let’s not just think about those who go hungry this Lent, but do something about it. Make a pledge and bring food stuff to the cathedral to donate to some of our more needy families through our food banks in the city.”
For more information on the food bank at St Catherine’s call 01924 211130, for St George’s in Lupset call 01924 330263. To pledge food for the cathedral appeal call 01924 373923 or pick up a pledge card from the cathedral itself.