Ending childhood hunger – speaking truth to power

Ending childhood hunger – speaking truth to power


My message to other people would be
to be definitely getting involved, helping us share experiences, getting their own opinions across and helping us raise awareness about it, because I bet you half of the people in the UK don’t know what food poverty is. They probably are
going through it themselves but don’t know it because they don’t know what it
means. We thought we were, like, the only town who did it. We thought we was the only ones who knew about food poverty And then next thing you know, people from Glasgow, Wales, Leicester… And then there was us. And oh, it
was just good to know that other people wanted to be involved, and other people
wanted to make a change. So what did the MPs say when you told them about this?
They were very shocked. The expressions on their faces made me laugh because I’ve never seen someone so frustrated in my life. And because it was so repeated. Literally every young person there said the same thing. I
think it made it like more of a reality that it’s actually happening – it’s not
just in some areas, it’s actually in every area. A lot of people over there were shocked. When I went down to Parliament, they was all on about coming up to schools and helping the schools out because things cost way too much or there’s no variety in the foods that they give out or just tiny things like that, but they were really shocked about it. Because usually you’d think that they’ve already been over the
basics and they’ve not. The basics are the worst part of schools to do with food. But we live in one of the richest countries on this planet and we’re in
this situation. We shouldn’t be. Government should do more.
What’s your message then to MPs? I know you spoke to them directly in Parliament, but what is
it you want everyone else in the country to know about this?
To do more things like this, to actually raise awareness of what food poverty is, and help people realise that going to a food bank isn’t bad, if you need to do something to feed your family then you’re going to have to.
It’s just life. MPs should start focusing on what is actually important – we expect our
government to look after us, and it’s not happening. We need to do something about it.
I just want the government to help us get through everything, and I won’t
stop campaigning until they do.

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