Huw Irranca-Davies has challenged the Government to end hunger in the UK.
During the recent Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs questions, Huw reminded Government Ministers that in spite of the fact that there is no shortage of food in the UK, the country continues to face a hunger crisis.
In the UK around one million people rely on emergency food aid to feed themselves and their families. Of this number over 35,000 live in Wales. In recent years this number has dramatically increased. The Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest food bank network, has reported that the number of people helped by their foodbanks in the first half of the 2014-15 financial year is 38% higher than numbers helped during the same period last year.
Despite this growing problem, successive Conservative and Liberal Democrat Ministers have refused to take responsibility and have failed to work towards a solution for the growing number of working poor and vulnerable people reliant on emergency food aid.
Commenting on the Government’s response to food poverty in the UK, Huw Irranca-Davies said, ‘What we know from facts and figures is mirrored in our own communities. In the past five years the number of people who need food aid to feed their families has dramatically increased. While the work, dedication and compassion of people like the volunteers at the Bridgend Food Bank is incredible, a longer term solution is needed.’
‘Until we have a government which is serious about tackling poverty and low pay I fear people will continue to be unable to put food on the table for their children and their families. These are our friends and our families and it is not good enough that this Government is letting them down.’