'Soul Food' Souled Out !! - 3rd September 2011

A sell out success for our food poverty concert.

On Saturday 3rd September 2011 One Voice Community Choir's Sould food Concert united the city in care and compassion for the food-poor in Preston.

Tickets had sold out a week before the event, and even though  all places were already filled, generous donations from workplace collections, social clubs, faith groups and individuals flooded in and  made the event a sucess before it had begun. On the evening, donations of thousands of food items swelled the stocks of the community food bank. It was quite overwhelming to see all donations coming in in such numbers, and heartwarming to know that once the problem was aired, the people of Preston  would respond in such numbers. Although the stocks are quite healthy now, the food bank is responding to ever increasing need and  is quite confident that  stocks will need replinishing before very long.

One Voice Commmunity Choir were joined on stage by Manchester youth gospel collective FYC who rocked the house with  rap, sax, and classic gospel. The choir had also conducted a day singing workshop and were joined by its participants to produce a huge celebration of  what social action can achieve. There are so many many people to thank; our sponsors Jakeman's of Boston, various webmasters and publicists, the media and members of the wider public who acted to make this a success. They are too many to name, but they know who they are and we thank them enourmously. For  a while Preston can comfortably give the disadvantaged a little food-help. The choir hopes to revisit the issue occaisionally and do what it can to keep the matter in public eye.  

You can find out more about local food poverty here, and here, and here.

Please continue to help by delivering food donations to the Salvation Army on Harrington St Preston. Your neighbour is unlikely to tell you that they struggle for food, but food poverty really is on your doorstep.






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