Archbishop of Canterbury Calls for End to Stockpiling

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

The Archbishop of Canterbury has urged stockpiling shoppers to stop hoarding food, telling worshippers there is no Christian justification for doing so.

Premier New reports, the Most Reverend Justin Welby made the comments in a tweet, saying if people were still hoarding more food and supplies than needed, “please, please stop”.

He also urged people to think of others, especially the vulnerable and those risking their health to care for the community.

The Church of England’s most senior bishop then said for followers of Jesus, there was no Christian justification for hoarding more than you need.

Supermarkets in the UK and Australia have placed restrictions on certain items and created dedicated shopping hours for elderly and vulnerable due to the surge in demand for goods.

Reverend Welby urged people to consider donating to food banks which have seen increased pressure during the outbreak.


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