The Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest food bank provider, has called for a pause on Universal Credit. Garry Lemon, the Trussell Trust’s Head of Media and External Affairs, writes that if the problems aren’t fixed before further roll-out, then food banks won’t be able to catch everyone who falls. (more…)
In London the Mayor’s Fund set up a Kitchen Social project to help feed children entitled to free school meals over the summer. Kim Chaplain the director writes for End Hunger on why their experiences this summer show the extent of the problem and the need for government action on holiday food provision. (more…)
EXPERTS from across British society have today joined the growing calls for an end to holiday hunger.
22 signatories, including education leaders, union representatives, charity directors and senior clergy, have signed a letter in today’s Daily Telegraph(£), urging the Government to take action.
The letter comes on the eve of the first reading of Frank Field MP’s School Holidays (Meals and Activities) Bill, which calls on the Government to give all councils the duty and resources to provide food and activities during the school holidays, for children who would otherwise go hungry. The bill is expected to be on parliament on September 5 and you can email your MP to ask them to support the bill here.
As a social anthropologist, Pat Caplan was more used to working on the impact of food insecurity in Tanzania and South India – but as she saw more stories in the press about hunger in the UK, she decided to use her methods to find out what is driving hunger here. She has recently launched a new blog on food poverty and insecurity, and writes about why she’s launched the blog here.
For some families summer holidays mean worrying about the extra expence of kids being at home and no longer having access to free school meals. End Hunger believe that children are entitled to good nutrition 365 days a year. Emily Mann from Northubria University’s Healthy Living Lab explains why she has launched a survey about local Holiday Hunger provision in order to improve the chances of changing policy around the issue of holiday hunger. (more…)
Last week London Assembly Member Fiona Twycross helped End Hunger launch our campaign on holiday hunger at City Hall in London last week. Today she blogs in the work going on to combat holiday hunger in London and why she believes ultimately the state has a role in ending hunger.
This June’s UNICEF report should have shocked Britain into action. Britain has the highest level of children brought up in severe food poverty in Europe. Robin Hinks works for the Food Foundation an independent think tank on food issues who have long called for regular measurement of levels of food insecurity in the UK and takes us through the figures in this report.
Naill Cooper Director of Church Action on Poverty has written for our blog on the need to make Hunger an issue at the upcoming election. (more…)
The West Cheshire Food bank has been active for four years, in that time helping supporting thousands of people. Ruth Mock, Family Life Officer at the Diocese of Chester and Alec Spencer, Development Officer at West Cheshire Foodbank, reflect together on over four years of food parcels and ask ‘‘If we envisage a future without foodbanks, what should our response be now?’
What does hunger in the UK look like, and how do we solve it? The Joseph Rowntree Foundation are one of the leading charities researching UK poverty and its solutions. Chris Goulden, JRF’s deputy director of policy and research, answers these questions.