Why emergency food providers should be using their voice to influence change and where to start.
The (food) poverty issue
April signals the end of the first year of a pandemic few of us could have predicted would last this long. It also marks the expected beginning of yet a new cut to the UK’s social security system, despite poverty remaining rampant. The unemployment rate is the highest it has been in 5 years and is expected to rise even higher, while food bank usage has more than doubled. People of Colour, women, trans people, disabled people, working class people…
Cash should be going to families, not to big business
13th January 2021
A viral tweet of 11 January exposed the depressing reality for over 1.4 million young people in England who are supposedly being supported by Free School Meal (FSM) hampers. The said hamper was intended to feed a school-age child for 10 days, however barely contained £5 worth of food. Enraged responses have erupted from politicians and civil society, including Marcus Rashford, the Manchester United star whose food poverty campaign forced the government into two U-turns.