Churches call for 'big conversation' on UK hunger

By agency reporter
October 16, 2016

On World Food Day today (16 October 2016), 11 of the UK's leading charities working with people affected by hunger have combined forces for the first time, to launch a campaign that aims to end hunger in the UK. Several Christian organisations are involved, and the launch comes at the end of the global Churches' Week of Action on Food. Churches everywhere have been taking action together to eradicate hunger, promote adequate nutrition, and strive towards just and sustainable food systems – supported by the World Council of Churches (WCC).

A recent report from the United Nations Food & Agricultural Organisation suggested that as many as 8.4 million people in the UK struggle to put enough food on the table, a number equivalent to the entire population of London.

The charities behind the new End Hunger UK campaign work first-hand with thousands of local community groups and projects across the UK that support people affected by hunger, and while they believe the voluntary sector's support can be "life-changing", they say longer-term solutions are urgently needed to tackle the issue.

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."

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' at www.endhungeruk.org, on social media using the hashtag #EndHungerUK, or at local charity and community group events being held across the UK, until March 2017.

*More about End Hunger UK here

* Church Action on Poverty http://www.church-poverty.org.uk/

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