A British food bank that was due to close next Monday for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral changed course and will remain open after a backlash to its original decision.
The Wimbledon FoodBank reversal came just hours apart on Tuesday and was spurned by social media outrage.
“Our condolences go out to the royal family at this sad time. All food banks are closed for funeral on Monday 19th September. We will reopen starting Tuesday, September 20th,” the pantry first posted on Facebook.
The backlash was quick.
Kwajo Tweneboa, a British housing activist, tweeted“Just because the Queen has her funeral doesn’t mean it’s any worse [off] Expect them to starve.”
“It’s a terrible decision! It’s like saying “The Queen is dead – so starved peasants!” One Brit commented on Facebook.
“It is very sad and disturbing that people are supporting a funeral for an extremely wealthy woman, unaware that her hard-earned money is paying for an essential service that literally feeds people who cannot afford it . ‘ wrote another.
Just hours later, the Wimbledon FoodBank reversed the announcement.
“Due to the overwhelming support we’ve received, we now have volunteers running our Monday session as usual.” The board tweeted. “As a reminder, we are not a government service and operate solely with donations of time, money and food from people.”
Despite suffering the biggest setback, the Wimbledon FoodBank wasn’t the only soup kitchen to close for the funeral. That East Elmbridge Food Bankthe Stoke-on-Trent Food Bank branch and Keynsham Food Bank All announced that they would observe the bank holiday.
The UK has been in a cost of living crisis since early 2021, according to Parliament. On September 2, the House of Commons Library announced that the country hit its highest inflation in 40 years in July.
The food bank closure comes as many English people took to social media to urge mourners to donate to the pantries rather than buy flowers to place in Buckingham Palace’s seemingly endless field of bouquets.
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