The End Hunger UK campaign took a big leap forward on 17 October, when activists and experts gathered to share stories, ideas and expertise. End Hunger UK Press Officer Gavin Aitchison writes about what happened on the day.
Over the past year, campaign members have been building support and honing policy proposals, working with community groups, charities, academics and politicians. On 17 October, at a conference in Central Hall in Westminster, around 150 people from around the UK gathered for a series of workshops and discussions, and most signed pledge cards before they left, vowing to rally groups where they live. The event also saw the release of a draft menu for change, setting out 10 ideas for Government action.
Josh Fenton-Glynn, End Hunger UK campaign manager, said: “The conference was a very powerful event. We heard some harrowing stories of hunger from around the UK, but also some fantastic ideas for how we can end hunger. There is a clear groundswell of support now for Government action – not only from within charities and political circles, but across the country. We can end hunger in the UK, but we need supporters up and down the country to help, by getting involved with the campaign and by working with their local MP and community campaigners.”