In the UK right now, more people than ever are facing extreme poverty, unable to afford the basics or put food on the table. Last year, food banks in our network gave out more than 2.5 million emergency food parcels to people in crisis – and almost a million of these were provided for children.
This simply isn’t right, but we know that together we can make change happen. More than 100,000 people have already signed up for our Hunger Free Future campaign, standing alongside us and people forced to use food banks to call for change. Will you join us?
As part of the campaign, we’ve launched an exciting new competition for children aged nine and under across the country to get involved and tell us what they think about poverty and hunger in the UK.
We’re asking children to get creative and take on our “Bye, Bye Hunger” writing challenge. It’s a great opportunity to have fun and do something new alongside learning about poverty and thinking about how they can make a difference.
All they need to do is think of a character, whether it’s an animal, an alien, or a monster, and write a poem telling us why they’re hungry. How does being hungry make them feel? What would make them happier? What would their character do if they weren’t hungry?
You can find more details on how to enter and our entry form here. The closing date is 30 May, and the winning poems will be published in an exclusive book and ebook.