Food bank poem: Helen Harrison

This competition raises money for Nourish Food Bank. The winning poem, by public vote, has £50 sent to Nourish in the poet’s name. Voting is by “likes” and ends 12th July 2018.


Land of Broken Dreams and Custard Creams

Disheartening with no money left after bills are paid
Among those using food banks are workers on low-pay
Donations lack in nutrients that busy people need
Being burnt-up with worry requires more than tins of beans…
While grateful for basics provided by volunteers
The recipients are aging rapidly far beyond their years
Prone to diabetes as they consume custard creams
With highly sugared cereals in this land of broken dreams
For the many volunteers education would be of help
So donors could contribute items suitable for better health
Ask themselves which ingredients they need for balanced meals;
Recipes which provide less processed food for new fresh appeal
When diets are improved so is general mental health
Sadly lacking in societies with divisions in wealth.
So let the food bank users have an input, and a say
Those the ones that eat it at the ending of each day.


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