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Could the answer to ending hunger in the UK be on a paper plate in Northampton?

Community and voluntary workers were asked to give their ideas for making sure everyone in the country has enough to eat by writing them down on paper plates.

The novel method of canvassing people’s thoughts was devised for the Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network’s special screening of Ken Loach’s, I, Daniel Blake to underline the issue of poverty in our local communities.

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The BAFTA award winning film was screened at Errol Flynn Filmhouse on Tuesday 5 December to an audience made up of the County’s community organisations and voluntary sector. The occasion provided an opportunity for the people of Northamptonshire to learn about the aims of the Network and its impact on the community.

Rachel McGrath, Chair of Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network shared her thoughts on the event: “I think the film resonates in the current climate of austerity which has seen a rise in poverty within our local communities with now 1 in 5 people living in poverty across the UK according to the most recent report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Poverty damages lives and life chances. We wanted to raise awareness of the work that is happening locally and how people can get involved to campaign for positive change.’

The event was facilitated by Northamptonshire Community Foundation. As part of its core activities, Northamptonshire Community Foundation takes a community leadership role in addressing the needs and concerns that impact Northamptonshire. The Foundation manages the Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network to promote best practice in supporting people in crisis.

The screening is part of a series of events hosted by the Network to promote the national End Hunger UK campaign, urging local politicians to take poverty seriously in the UK.

During the event, guests were asked to write down on a paper plate, one thing they thought should be done to end hunger in the UK. Some of the responses are pictured  below:

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A total donation of £587.50 was raised at the screening, the money will support local food banks and food poverty projects across Northamptonshire.

To get involved with the Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network please email rachel@ncf.uk.com or go to www.ncf.uk.com/NorthantsFoodPovertyNetwork for further information.

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