By Brian Pelan, VIEW editor
As Northern Ireland gets set to host the Year of Food next year, a call was made for an urgent need to tackle hunger on our streets.
The call for action was made at the launch of the latest issue of VIEW (http://bit.ly/1XsYUtq) at the National Grande Cafe in High Street earlier this week.
Among those who attended the event were Ginger Restaurant owner/chef Simon McCance; Jim Kitchen, Executive Director of Sustainable NI; Kerry Melville, Belfast Food Network co-ordinator; Mary McManus, Manager, East Belfast Independent Advice Centre; community gardener Arlene Megaw and Dr Sue Christie.
Mr McCance said that he was shocked at the rise in the number of people going hungry and having to use food banks.
VIEWdigital co-founder Brian Pelan said that he had decided to dedicate the latest edition to food issues (which was supported by the Food Standards Agency NI) with an emphasis on the growth of community gardens.
“Food – we need it to live and we love to talk about it,” said Mr Pelan.
“We are witnessing a growing passion for cookery programmes, pictures on social media of the latest dish we’ve served up or eaten in one of Northern Ireland’s many restaurants and our local produce is a joy to behold.
“And yet, amidst us in Belfast and other towns in Northern Ireland, growing numbers of people are now reliant on food banks, Why in a land of plenty are so many going without?