Food poverty levels have reached crisis point
The food poverty levels up and down the country are reaching crisis point, including here in Northumberland.
The North East has the second highest rate of child poverty in the UK just behind London. This includes the largest increase in child poverty of any region in the last five years from 26 per cent to 35 per cent – truly shocking numbers for a country as rich as ours.
The Trussell Trust reported a soaring 81 per cent increase in emergency food parcels from foodbanks in its network during the last two weeks of March 2020 compared with the same period in 2019, including a 122 per cent rise in parcels given to children as the coronavirus pandemic continued to unfold.
The ‘Right To Food’ campaign is attempting to incorporate the right to food into the government’s national food strategy, which would in turn clarify government obligations to tackle food poverty – including ending the cruel five-week wait for universal credit.
Food poverty is having a devastating impact on our communities, and it is important we do not become desensitised to it or accept it as an inevitably of living in the UK in the 21st century
Tragically, It is our children who are most effected as families are priced out healthy diets to facilitate their development, putting them at a disadvantage for the rest of their lives.
Please support the Right to Food campaign on social media and sign my open letter to Henry Dimbleby, Chair of the National Food Strategy Team asking him to enshrine the right to food into law – find the link on my Facebook profile and website.
Ian Lavery, Wansbeck MP