Together, we can build a society in which everyone has access to good food and no one need go to bed hungry.
Churches, food banks and a huge range of community food projects mobilise a network of thousands of volunteers across the UK. We’re passionate about solving this issue, but we know that voluntary action alone isn’t enough. We need long-term solutions to hunger and poverty.
In a country as wealthy as ours, it is perfectly possible for families to be able to afford good food on a regular basis, and to ensure that children can live free from the damaging impacts of hunger on their health, attainment and opportunity.
Whilst celebrating the work that churches and other voluntary groups are doing to respond to this urgent need, it is clear to me that government and businesses could and should be doing more to reduce the need for food banks in the first place.
Right Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester
All we need is the political will to do so.
That’s why Church Action on Poverty has come together with a range of other charities – Trussell Trust, Fareshare, Oxfam, Child Poverty Action Group – and the main Churches across the UK – to launch the End Hunger UK campaign.
During the past few months we’ve started to build some really good momentum: We had a great campaign conference in October; have been part of winning a significant concession on Universal Credit in the Budget last month; started to build up some really successful local campaigns and established productive relationships with MPs on a cross-party basis both locally and nationally.
We’ve got some really great opportunities early in the New Year with two Private Members Bills and other work planned in relation to our key menu of asks.
But imagine what would happen if just a fraction of the vast army of people involved in running foodbanks, breakfast clubs, community cafes, cooking classes, community allotments put their energy behind a campaign to tackle the root causes of food poverty and hunger in the UK for the next year.
You can help make it happen! Ask your church or foodbank to Pledge to take action in support of the End Hunger UK campaign in 2018. Email your MP about holiday hunger. Donate to the campaign. And work with us through the year.
Together, let’s make 2018 the year to End Hunger in the UK.
Church Action on Poverty