We are really looking forward to this year’s Week of Action to End Hunger in the UK
Calling all those on the frontline of food poverty! Join us during the End Hunger UK Week of Action 2019. We will be raising awareness of hunger in the UK and telling the government that they must take action to ensure that everyone has enough money to afford good food, and that no-one goes to bed hungry.
We will be providing lots of support and resources for anyone who wants to take part. There are two ways you can get involved:
1: Do something locally during the week 11–18 October 2019
- Arrange to meet your MP.
You could invite them to your foodbank/project, or take a group of people to go and see them in their constituency office. Or perhaps invite all the MPs in your town / city to an event that you organise.
We're making knitted food to leave with MPs as a reminder of our campaign. If you can knit or crochet, you could help - find out how here.
- Put on an event to raise awareness of food poverty.
Be creative! Yarn bomb your town square like the folk from Crediton in Devon. Make a film about people’s experiences of food poverty in your area. Work with local school children to make art and then put on an exhibition.
- Get some media coverage.
Put out a press release, or try to get on your local radio to talk about what is happening in your area
You can download our Toolkit to get ideas and help with all of this!
2: Take part in the Day of Action in London, Wednesday 16 October 2019
On the Day of Action, people on the frontline of food poverty - those with lived experience, volunteers providing food aid, those involved in campaigning - will be coming together to share stories, learn new skills, watch (and maybe sing with!) the End Hunger UK Foodbank Choir, and go to the Houses of Parliament to meet MPs. You are the experts – let’s make sure that your voices are heard.
We will be based in the Abbey Centre, which is a short walk from the Houses of Parliament. The idea is that, before you come to London on the 16th, you will have contacted your MP to arrange a time for a meeting. We will provide guidance as to how to do this. If you aren’t able to arrange a meeting with your MP in advance you can still go into the Central Lobby, and the staff there will contact them for you. If this doesn’t work you can leave a ‘Green Card’ that lets them know you were there!
On the day itself, people will have meetings with MPs at different times of the day, so we will make sure all the workshops and choir performances are repeated throughout the day. We will all come together however, from 12:00 to 12:30 pm, as all MPs will be in the House of Commons Chamber for Prime Minister's Questions.
On the day you can expect:
- Stuff happening in the Abbey Centre from 10am to 5pm
- An opportunity to all come together 12 – 12.30pm and 4 – 4.30pm
- One-to-one guidance for meeting your MP
- Workshops on: ‘Framing’ – changing the story we tell about poverty; How to make videos with your smartphone; What next? How to build the case for change; Creative ways to campaign
- Performances by the End Hunger UK Foodbank Choir – a choir of folk from Sheffield, brought together specially for the Day of Action
- A quiet space – if you need to escape the hustle and bustle
- An opportunity to take part in a visual stunt
- Time and space to meet and chat with people from around the country
You can, of course, do both!
Sign up on this page to let us know you want to take part and so we can send you information and resources.