Whilst a significant amount has been achieved over the past few years in raising the public and political profile of hunger in the UK, we believe working together to build a broad ‘food justice movement’ across the UK. By mobilising thousands of people engaged in tackling food poverty in its many forms, we can build a powerful movement for change.
Some members of our coalition work directly and indirectly with those experiencing food insecurity. For example:
- Between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019 the Trussell Trust’s Food Bank Network provided more than 1.6 million three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. Of this number, 577,618 were children
- 9 out of 10 of Church of England parishes are involved in food provision in some way, mostly through helping to manage food banks or by providing venues, volunteers and donations in support of local food banks
- Trussell Trust and independent food bank volunteers are giving more than 4 million hours of volunteer time, that would be at least £30 million a year in paid work.
The amazing work being conducted by charities, community groups and individuals – as well as businesses and local authorities – will not be enough to end hunger in the UK. All members of this campaign coalition are united in their belief that to really tackle the root causes of household food insecurity we require a concerted effort from the UK and devolved governments. Only action at this level will ensure that everyone has enough money to feed themselves and their families with good quality, healthy food.
Since 2016 End Hunger campaigners have worked on issues around holiday hunger, Universal Credit and getting food insecurity measured in the UK. More than 1,000 people and 50 groups have taken action. As a result of their campaigning, the government provided £2 million in funding for school holiday food and activity programmes, annual measurement of household food insecurity has been introduced, and an extra £1.7 billion set of measures was announced in the 2018 Budget because of the increased awareness on the impact Universal Credit is having on people’s income.