It was great to see so many people at the ‘Food Poverty Conference’ on Wednesday at Sefton Park in Liverpool.
The event was lively, delivered by passionate speakers giving their perspective on food poverty issues, some controversial, but all very interesting.
Here is an overview of the day:
Communiversity Drama Group – The event kicked off with a short play ‘highlighting the financial and emotional pressures facing many families in the UK today, including those claiming benefits and working with zero hours contracts.
Dean Paton – Archaeologist: Outlined that despite the UK having enough land to feed the entire population ten times over, food poverty is on the increase. Dean advocated education and exercising the right to vote as possible solutions, along with limiting meat consumption.
Martin Caraher – Professor of food and health policy: Highlighted the scale of the problem, stating that many people are living below the poverty line and many of those going hungry are actually overweight. Martin called for city wide policies, to be implemented by local groups working together.
Robbie Davidson – Director of Can Cook: Launched the ‘Food We Need’ campaign aimed at ending food poverty in Merseyside by 2017. Robbie provided details of the work undertaken to assess the nutritional content of Food Bank parcels, which he said were found “not to be fit for purpose”. As part of the new campaign, prospective donors will be given a shopping list detailing precise foods required to sustain a family of 4. These donations will be used to provide fresh healthy food parcels to make nutritious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
To close the event Robbie thanked everyone for attending and stressed the importance of working collaboratively together to deal with the crisis, and address underlying food poverty issues.
For more information on the work of ‘Can Cook’ see the following link: http://www.cancook.co.uk/home/
Examples of current and future food parcels were on display at the event, these are attached below for information.