Solidarity in Austerity: Moss Side Community Share

IMG_7426It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay – small acts of kindness and love.” – J. R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

This Saturday 10th January 13 Moss Siders came together to sort and box the food donations from the Moss Side Community Share which our generous community have contributed to.  The idea was simple: to bring non-perishable food goods to the MSCA hub to be distributed among the people most in need in our local area, working with various housing associations.

“It’s not going to be about charity,” insisted Phillip Dodd, who initiated the project.  “It’s about sharing what we have with the more vulnerable people in our community.”

We have had approximately 40 kind contributors, bringing three tables full of soups, sauces, pasta, cereals, chocolate, marzipan stollen (a massive temptation), fresh vegetables from The Kindling Trust and much more.  We estimate that in total we have provided around 120 meals to people in Moss Side in that very difficult period after Christmas when money can be tight, particularly with current national austerity measures.

Some of the food has already gone out to several families in urgent need and we have more still to be collected.  What was clear was that the small acts of kindness of many ordinary folk in a trusting and loving community can make a difference.  Whilst we are a long way from bringing about long-term changes for these families and no doubt we wouldn’t have been able to help all those that really needed it with what we contributed, lets hope that what we shared has bought a glimmer of hope to those that received the donations, not just from the food but from the solidarity that we demonstrated as a community.

A massive thank you to all those that contributed and to those that attended our Soup and Solidarity event yesterday, it was wonderful to have your company.


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