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The latest updates from the #EndHungerUK team

Spreading the food poverty message through knitted nibbles!

June 6, 2019

Church Action on Poverty Media Manager, Gavin Aitchison, tells us how one crafty community in Devon raised awareness of food poverty by rather unusual methods!

Campaigners do all manner of things to spread the End Hunger UK message. Flyers, petitions, meetings and letters – they all help and we love to hear what you’ve been up to.

But one group of supporters in Devon have shared the message in a whole new and spectacular way – by decorating their town with amazing displays of crocheted crops and knitted nibbles.

The supporters in Crediton ‘yarn bombed’ their town square, decorating it with knitted items such as bunting, cakes, fried eggs and vegetables, and attached facts and messages about food poverty and how to solve it.

The idea came from Lauren Stacey, a local church youth worker, and was organised by Christians Together in Crediton, to help raise awareness of local and national food poverty. They were stirred to act after hearing how busy Crediton Foodbank had been last summer, when many families were swept into deeper difficulties, and shelves ran empty.

We asked Chris Parsons, the Crediton foodbank coordinator, to take up the story and here’s what she said: “Local knitting groups, guide groups and individuals have been secretly knitting and sewing and we hope the display will have a positive impact. Local children have made labels to hang around the display with various facts and figures on about food poverty.

“An unexpected outcome (for me anyway) was the excitement and enthusiasm the yarn bombing generated in the knitters and crafters; people of all ages, from all walks of life, individuals who are very isolated, knitting groups etc – they were all able to feel part of something a lot bigger and play a part in standing up against injustice that they might never have thought they could do.”

In particular, the group highlighted the need to reduce the wait for first Universal Credit payments, supporting the Trussell Trust’s #5weekstoolong campaign. This is a vital campaign, showing why the waiting period for initial payments must be reduced. People moving on to Universal Credit need to be supported, not swept into debt and poverty from day one.

So from all of us at End Hunger UK: thank you and bravo to the Crediton team. This is definitely one of the most creative and impressive projects we’ve seen.

We love hearing how supporters and campaigners around the country are helping to improve public understanding of food poverty, and helping to show how we can help to create a more just, compassionate society in which everyone has access to good food.

Have you been involved in a project in your community, to help challenge food poverty? If you’d like to share it with End Hunger UK supporters, please get in touch.

Why we need to Fix Universal Credit: a story from Axminster

July 12, 2018

At the launch of our campaign to Fix Universal Credit on 11 July, Aynsley Jones of the independent Axminster Food Bank gave this powerful speech about the impact of Universal Credit and other recent changes on her community. 

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Trussell Trust figures show a record rise in foodbank use

April 25, 2018

This week, people across the food and poverty sector have been reacting to figures showing an alarming growth in the numbers of people needing emergency food aid. This blog highlights some of the key reactions.

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Schools’ efforts to fill holes in safety net

April 23, 2018

One of End Hunger UK’s priorities is ensuring children receive adequate nutrition 365 days a year. Increasingly, schools and teachers are filling the gaps when children in poverty are going without. Lizzie Flew, from End Hunger UK partner organisation Child Poverty Action Group, writes about recent work that they have done with the National Education Union, that shows more and more teachers are spending time and money supporting poor children.

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Applying the rules of sociological research to tackling hunger in the UK

August 30, 2017

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.

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What does hunger look like, and how do we solve it?

March 28, 2017

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.

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Feeding Britain

February 2, 2017

Frank Field MP and Andrew Forsey explain Feeding Britain’s work feedingbritainlogoto realise a vision of a UK in which everyone has access to good food and no one need go to bed hungry.

 

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What can we do about the hunger problem in the UK?

December 7, 2016

Guest blogger Ruth Wilde works as Faith in Action Project Worker for the Student Christian Movement, as well as working freelance for Christian Peacemaker Teams UK. In her spare time, Ruth studies Theology at the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham. This post originally appeared on the blog of the William Temple Foundation.
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Let’s make this World Food Day about more than food

October 16, 2016

David McAuley, Chief Executive of anti-poverty charity The Trussell Trust, says that World Food Day is a time to remember the people who are going hungry both around the globe and on our doorstep. (This article first appeared on the Huffington Post.)

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