Last week, staff from our User Voice services in the North-East attended a briefing about the End Hunger UK North East campaign, hosted by Gateshead Council. The information provided at the event by local MP Emma Lewell Buck on the Bill she is attempting to get MPs to sign, and the general public’s role in this, was excellent and very relevant to the people we support across MHM. See below to find out more information and get involved!
Food Insecurity Bill
Emma Lewell Buck MP’s Food Insecurity Bill has so far been signed by over 150 MPs, which is fantastic news – but still less than a quarter of the number of MPs in the House of Commons. The names of the MPs who have signed up can be found here: https://www.feedingbritain.org/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=3ffe28fd-bf86-492e-b09f-b8975d480bd4 . If your MP isn’t on the list, please do contact them to encourage them to support the Bill. You can find out more about the Bill and the reasons why it is so important to measure household food insecurity on a regular basis here: http://endhungeruk.org/measure/
Food Power is a national programme, coordinated by Sustain and Church Action on Poverty, which aims to strengthen local communities’ ability to reduce food poverty through solutions developed by them with the support of their peers from other communities across the UK. We are currently working with more than 40 local Food Poverty Alliances across the UK – including groups in Newcastle, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. If you would like to find out more, including the support that is on offer from Food Power to help develop new food poverty alliances visit https://www.sustainweb.org/foodpower/
Your Local Pantry
Local Pantries are local member-run food clubs, which enable their members to access good quality food (and other household goods), up to the value of £15 a week, for a membership fee of typically £2.50-£3 per week. In addition to increasing access to good food, they enable members to better manage their finances, improve health and well being and reduce social isolation. Church Action on Poverty is now working with Stockport Homes (who developed the first Local Pantry four years ago), to support groups to set up Local Pantries across the country, on a social franchise basis. If you would like to find out more visit http://www.church-poverty.org.uk/pantry
Children’s Future Food Inquiry
This new Parliamentary Inquiry into Children’s Future Food has the support of a cross party group of 14 parliamentarians and two All Party Parliamentary Groups. It also has the support of the Children’s Commissioners in all four UK nations. This support reflects the growing concern across the UK of the impacts of poverty on the diets, health, development and wellbeing of children. Until now children’s own experiences and perspectives have been largely absent from policy thinking and political discourse about food and poverty. The Inquiry will address this critical gap. Find out more and sign up for updates at https://foodfoundation.org.uk/childrens-future-food-inquiry/
End Hunger week: 14-18 October 2018
The first ever End Hunger week will run from 14-21 October 2018. This will include:
- A national conference in Westminster on World Food Day, Tuesday 16 October,
- A Parliamentary event to mark the culmination of the End Hunger Poetry Challenge,
- Handing in the Universal Credit petition to Number 10
- An opportunity to organise local events to raise the profile of the need to End Hunger with MPs, and in the media.
Sign up to receive End Hunger UK emails to find out more at http://endhungeruk.org/#news