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Source: Social Democratic and Labour Party of Northern Ireland

SDLP Deputy Leader and North Belfast MLA Nichola Mallon praised the work of community volunteers when she visited a Belfast foodbank to provide donations.

Nichola Mallon MLA said:

“Poverty is rife in our society and in many cases it’s hidden, unseen and unchallenged. But these community volunteers are the champions who are leading the way in helping those struggling and shining a light on the failure of government to deliver enough.

“Make no mistake, incredible, invaluable, selfless work is being done by the citizens of Belfast to help their neighbours. They are providing vital support to those unable to feed their families.

“But the heartbreaking truth is that foodbanks are a symptom of failure, they are not the solution. Politicians across Ireland need to get real. Promises to act change nothing. We need to act now to end the vicious cycle of poverty and despair so many in our community are facing.

“If there’s one thing we can all pledge to do in 2021, it is to pledge to end foodbank reliance, to build better systems, to create an inclusive economy based on fair work and fair pay for all of our citizens. We need to end the myth that our system is helping, our system is broken. People across Belfast and beyond are trapped by a system that punishes, ignores and ultimately fails them.

“SDLP Leader, Colum Eastwood MP and I have today written to all party leaders asking that we urgently move to do all that we can to eradicate poverty from our society.”

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