The Blackburn Rovers Enterprise Centre was proud to play host to Blackburn with Darwen's 'Food For Thought' conference, aimed at finding solutions to end food poverty within the borough.
The increasingly worrying problem was the subject of much debate at the local authority event, hosted within our conference facilities and tasked with bringing together council members, representatives of community groups, faith leaders and other parties with a keen interest in eradicating the issue within the local area.
The Community Trust was represented at the event by trustee and local councillor Maureen Bateson MBE, alongside community inclusion manager Ilyas Patel, who both observed the keynote speeches and took part in break-out discussions to share ideas on where solutions can be found.
Patel, who helped to coordinate the logistics of hosting the event at Ewood Park from the Community Trust's viewpoint, said that the concept was thoroughly worthwhile, explaining:
"The idea of food poverty in this day and age really isn't something that society should be having to contend with, so we were delighted to offer our facilities to help make this event possible and help local organisations to put an end to this issue as quickly as possible.
"The key people that helped to bring this event to Ewood Park from a cross-section of local groups deserve a lot of credit for bringing this issue to the forefront and I hope that our town will see the benefits of the discussion as soon as possible."