Cost of living: Vicar left in tears over community’s food poverty

A vicar who has been brought to tears by the poverty in his community is one of hundreds of people in Wales providing free Christmas Day meals to those who may otherwise go without.

St Peter’s in Holywell, Flintshire, hosts free meals every Monday and will feed about 80 on Christmas Day.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said its vicar Father Dominic Cawdell.

“I spend most Monday evenings in tears and I’m not a particularly soppy person.”

On Monday his church fed 196 people.

“Lots were saying to me it was their only hot meal this week,” he said.

“We had some horrendous stories of people, especially people with children, saying [the children] get the hot food and I get what’s left.

“It’s just heartbreaking to imagine that there are people in our town who just can’t afford what you imagine to be the very basic level of what they need.”

This year will be the church’s eighth free Christmas Day lunch event following a two-year gap during the Covid pandemic when they offered a lunch delivery…

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