One of my colleagues at The Brick is dyslexic. She doesn’t see it as a disadvantage but a superpower. And when it comes to anagrams, I can see why. Her brain rearranges the letters and she arrives at the answer before anyone else. Recently she looked at the word ‘harvest’ and said that it contained at least two other words: starve and share. This reminded me of what Mahatma Gandhi said, “There is enough for everyone’s need but not for everyone’s greed.’

Harvest is traditionally a time for giving thanks for the food that we have and the people who have provided it for us. Recent shortages of fuel, some food items and drivers have shown that many people rely on getting what they want when they want it. But for many others that’s not the reality – far from it. For these people food supply can be a constant source of worry – where is the next meal coming from?

This ‘food insecurity’ is being addressed by The Brick through its food bank in Wigan town centre. The food bank relies on volunteers to collect donations, to organise stock, to make up packages of food, toiletries, baby items, cleaning products etc. But without donations from the public this couldn’t happen.

Over the last few weeks The Brick team have been so encouraged by Harvest collections from Churches and schools. We want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us at the food bank. Because of your gifts, fewer people have had to worry about where their next meal is coming from.

By Brick Chaplain, Caroline.