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Christian charity marks World Food Day with Parliament exhibition

by Eno Adeogun

Pictures and voices of people in food poverty will be showcased to raise awareness of the nature, scale, causes and experiences of food insecurity in Britain.

The exhibition Behind Closed Doors is being organised by End Hunger UK and will feature work by photographers Ursula Kelly, Huw Nicholls and James Lane, as well as graphic artist John Reeves and Queen Mary University academic Jon May.


Church Action on Poverty is one of the organisations taking part.

The charity's director Niall Cooper told Premier: "It's an issue that's affecting millions of people. We'll all have heard about the growth of foodbanks across the UK - many Christians and others have been supporting foodbanks.

"What we're trying to do is highlight the underlying causes of food poverty - a lack of income, a lack of access to good food.

"We share a vision of a society where everyone has access to good food and no one needs to go to bed hungry...nobody should be going without food in a country as wealthy as ours."

People attending the exhibition are encouraged to connect with people living in household food insecurity.

Cooper said many of us may be unaware that we know someone who is struggling to eat meals.

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"The problem with poverty and food poverty particularly, is there's a stigma attached," Cooper said.

"People don't talk about it - people do their upmost to cover it up. Children are the same; they'll go without and they won't tell their friends, they won't invite their friends home."

The organisers are backing Emma Louise Lewell-Buck MP's food insecurity bill which is calling for a government led measurement of household food insecurity in the UK.

Listen to Niall Cooper speaking to Premier's Rosie Wright and John Pantry: 

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