Leading charities launch End Hunger UK campaign
16 October 2016
16 October 2016
17 October 2016
FareShare has joined forces with 12 leading UK charities working with people affected by hunger, including The Trussell Trust, Church Action on Poverty, Magic Breakfast and Sustain, to launch a campaign that aims to end hunger in the UK.
A recent report from the United Nations Food & Agricultural Organisation said that as many as 8.4 million people in the UK struggle to put enough food on the table, equivalent to the entire population of London.
Collectively, we work first-hand with thousands of local community groups and projects across the UK that support people affected by hunger, but while we believe the voluntary sector’s support can be “life-changing”, we also know that longer term solutions are urgently needed to tackle UK hunger.
Speaking on behalf of the charities behind the campaign, Niall Cooper, Director at Church Action on Poverty, said: “You might imagine that in modern day Britain we all have enough food to eat, or that hunger is only experienced by the few. Yet we see working parents missing meals so that their kids can eat, and vulnerable individuals turning to charities on a daily basis to get a meal. This is simply unacceptable.
“That’s why we’re calling for an urgent, national conversation about what needs to be done, by the government and others, to ensure that children get the food they need to give them the best start in life, and that nobody in the UK needs to go hungry.”
Share your views: join the ‘Big Conversation’
People affected by hunger, or with ideas about how the government should tackle the issue, are being urged to add their voice to the campaign by joining End Hunger UK’s ‘Big Conversation’ online, on social media using the hashtag #EndHungerUK, or at local charity and community group events being held across the UK, until March 2017.
Charities and community groups who want to hold events can download resources including posters and a social media toolkit from www.endhungeruk.org