Updated: May 8, 2019
If you’re 25-45 years old and went to school in the UK, you may remember digging around in the back of your parents kitchen cupboards for that old can of rice pudding, carnation milk or tinned peaches for the annual school Harvest Festival... For those who didn’t suffer the ridicule of taking mum’s unused, soon-to-expire ingredients to school, Harvest festival was the time of year when old folk in the school’s vicinity were descended up on by local school kids armed with baskets, of said canned crap Fast forward 30 years and the opportunities to deliver food to those in need have never been so abundant; it’s just that the demographic of recipients has evolved or rather, degenerated You may have an image in your head of the “type” of person who needs food-aid; homeless, jobless and directionless individuals, armed with 2 litre bottles of Strongbow, whiling away the day in the town square, eloquently subjecting the passing public to their expletive laced poetry But this is simply not true It’s those IN WORK who need help to top up meagre pay cheques that fall short of the minimum living wage estimated £9-£10.55/hour (Source: Living Wage Foundation, 2018) It’s those OUT OF WORK who are devolved of basic essentials such as clothing, banking services and in many cases even their Identification documents (Source: Personal Interactions) It’s HARD WORKING FAMILIES, one of which becomes homeless every 13 minutes in the UK, with 52 mortgage possession claims and 371 landlord possession claims being made daily (Source: Shelter Nov. 2018 and The Money Charity, Mar. 2018) In short, it’s regular people, doing regular things, trying to build a regular life and just need support getting their recommended daily allowance of calories At the macro level, economic hardship quite often doesn’t come in one huge tidal wave but is the culmination of a handful of shitty situations coming together all at one time In the brief spell that I slept in the Vauxhall’s cavalier that I’d borrowed from mum, it wasn’t just one thing... My previous contract ended My new employer hadn’t yet paid me My ex-landlord hadn’t yet returned my rental deposit Just three tiny things led to a three week stint of sleeping in the car, showering at the gym and ironing my work shirt in the car park with a 12v travel iron plugged in to the lighter socket Admittedly, my situation was self-inflicted and the result of colossal financial misdemeanour. In many ways, I was lucky... The gym membership and an overdraft facility allowed me to stay clean, stay fed and stay sane. Not a single person knew for many years that I’d ever been through this (relatively) minor inconvenience hence the psychological impact was negligible Most people are not that lucky; their periods of hardship are both more extreme and extend over longer periods of time There’s a chance, albeit small, that a culmination of three or four events in your life could also lead to the same situation The Trussel Trust, founded in 1997 by Paddy and Carol Henderson, operates approximately 60.9% of the food banks operational across the UK, the other 39.1% made up of independent providers (Source: Food Aid Network) By their figures alone (excluding other food bank services), they delivered 658,048 3-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis between April and September 2019; a 13% increase on the same period in 2017 (Source: Trussel Trust, Nov. 2018) Consider this number in light of that economic prosperity we are supposed to be enjoying following 100+ years of industrialised, development Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, the numbers are as you’d expect: 821,000,000 human beings globally are undernourished, up 6,000,000 from 2017 Africa suffers worst, with twenty-one people in every one hundred going hungry, that’s 21% of the population of an entire continent who wake up and go to sleep hungry For three consecutive years, rates of undernourishment have increased but there has been progress under interventions being made as a direct result of UN Sustainable Development Goal Number 3, Good Health and Wellbeing Rates of stunted children have decreased by 9% from 165.2 million in 2012, to 150.8 million in 2017 (Source: The Hunger Project) Breastfeeding before the age of 6 months is also up by 1.5x; a nutritional benefit that extends throughout a person’s life (Source: The Hunger Project) Against this back drop of increasing food poverty right here at home and internationally, what can we do collectively, and what can you do individually? First, it’s LETTING GO OF GUILT about having the choice to eat whatever you want, whenever you want. My personal experience has been one of radical transformation rooted in turning the guilt in to gratitude Second, it’s THINKING first about the kind of impact you might be able to have based on your skills, experiences, passions and past-times. Then thinking exponentially bigger. Third, it’s CREATING the personal wealth necessary to build the income and buy the influence; I know. It ALWAYS comes down to money. 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