Food scarcity on our own shores?

Food Banks. Aren't they something that happens in the third world?

Apparently not, according to an article I read this week in Marie Claire.

Call me naive, but as a food lover and someone lucky enough to never have experienced real hunger, I was shocked to be reading about a rise in the need for them across the UK. They run from churches, local halls and community centres and provide families on the poverty line with food supplies.

A teacher even told me recently about how she’s started to take food into her school as some of her pupils are not getting any breakfast at home. It had taken her a while to work out why some kids were misbehaving in class; they were hungry. Can you believe that even in a middle class market town, there are families and children going without enough food?   


Some further investigating led me to a recent Guardian survey, showing that over half (55%) of teachers in the UK have actually taken food in to school to ensure hungry pupils can concentrate until lunch. More than half of respondents said that the number of children involved has been rising in the past year or two.

During times of recession, it makes sense that there will always be more households in need of money to keep food on the table. It’s just shocking when it’s on my doorstep. It’s most likely to be happening on your doorstep too.

As Adventures in Fussy Eating is all about eating good food, I decided to write about this issue and to make a donation to FareShare, a charity which aims to redistribute in date food from retailers to vulnerable people in the community. If you can, please think about doing the same, it could make all the difference.

There’s also an excellent charity called The Trussell Trust, which is doing great work across the country to ensure that families on the poverty line have access to food.

Then there's the School Food Trust, famously headed up until 2010 by formidable foodie Prue Leith. The trust ensures healthy school meals for pupils to help them 'eat better and do better'.  Quite.

Finally who could forget Jamie Oliver's valiant efforts with his School Dinners campaign, it's still working across the UK to promote better school meals, food education and a fight against obesity. Respect.

Thanks for reading today, more light hearted fussy eating recipes to follow soon, or have a look here for inspiration.


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