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The Hunger Hut

By helenlinda
Sport Relief raised over £51m last night - which was fantastic SmileSmileSmile
It also raised the awareness of needs here in UK - one of which is the number of people who go hungry.
I've heard all sorts of arguments for and against food banks, but the fact is that they are used by some very needy people - particularly those who fall through the net when benefits end and people face dire need.
I'm not raising this as a debate today. I am however reporting on one venture in Birmingham that draws attention to the increasing number of those who go hungry.
The Bishop of Birmingham, the Lord and Lady Mayoress, faith leaders, food bank representatives and community groups came together on Ash Wednesday (5th March) to open a ‘Hunger Hut’ in Cathedral Square as the focus for the End Hunger Fast campaign. As well as launching the Hunger Hut as a place of prayer, awareness-raising and fundraising, hunger journals have been given to foodbank representatives to collect stories of food poverty alongside stories of those fasting during Lent.
On Thursday I helped my friend Sarah to mann the information table and the hut for a couple of hours. We had some very interesting conversations with people who stopped to find out more. The stories recorded in the hunger journal at the Hunger Hut made grim reading.
v1 is part of an open letter written by Bishops and Christian leaders and sent to the Government calling for action on behalf of people who did not have enough to eat in this country.I have layered over it a sentence from the letter.
v2 is more detail from the letter layered over part of the writing on the hut. The hut itself draws people's attention even at night - as it clearly gets moved about, and volunteers are never quite sure where they will find it the next morning WinkWinkWink
v3 is the hut
v4 is my friend Sarah, tidying up leaflets after the wind blew over the table and the they flew everywhere WinkWinkWink

A national day of fasting is being held on April 4th and on April 16th campaigners will take the hunger journals to London to present to MPs.

Thanks for looking and I hope you all have a good weekend
Helen

Tags: Photo journalism Architecture Birmingham Digitally manipulated Portraits and people Hunger Hut End Hunger Fast campaign


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22 Mar 2014 10:36AM
Thought provoking images, Helen - well done to you and your friend Sarah for helping with the venture in Birmingham.

Richard

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helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 10:45AM
Thanks Richard SmileSmile
mistere Plus
3 1 3 England
22 Mar 2014 11:05AM

Quote:Thought provoking images, Helen - well done to you and your friend Sarah for helping with the venture in Birmingham.

Richard



Have to agree with Richard and well done for raising awareness even more by uploading the images here.
Hard to believe that people anywhere should go hungry. Even more so in the wealthy nations of the world,
where the food we throw away could save so many from starvation.

Dave.
CarolG Plus
10 198 19 Greece
22 Mar 2014 11:07AM
An excellent write-up to accompany these somewhat sad images, Helen. Carol
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
22 Mar 2014 11:54AM

Quote:An excellent write-up to accompany these somewhat sad images, Helen. Carol


I agree Helen, nobody should be going hungry or should have to go to food banks!

I find it frustrating that the government is willing to pay out billions on the likes of new high speed rail links that will save about twenty minutes on a journey and yet they turn a blind eye on people that they should be protecting!

Ken
saltireblue Plus
6 6.2k 33 Norway
22 Mar 2014 12:02PM
I like the dual meaning of the slogan - End Hunger Fast.

A subject that certainly needs more publicity to highlight a problem the vast majority of people either are not aware of or do not care about as long as they have food themselves.

Malc
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
22 Mar 2014 12:14PM
A meaningful set of images Helen.
Irishkate Plus
6 38 102 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 12:26PM
Don't know how the people who go are monitored - obviously some are in dire need
but I know of people who are planning a big wedding who attend a food bank!
Kate GrinGrinGrin
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 12:30PM
Yes Kate there will always be those who abuse any system of support.
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 12:46PM
Good work, and good photo journalism.
Having been involved in setting up the local Food Bank, yes there is a need, it's for emergency, crisis supplies, and a wide range of people can be affected. Many people's incomes don't cope with sudden unexpected expenses - child loses shoes is a classic instance. Clients are monitored and offered assistance with budget and debt management, and talk of people becoming regularly dependent is a total red herring, usually hearsay with political intent. The whole aim, here at least, is to tide people over the immediate crisis and then help them to plan better for the future.
Moira
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 12:51PM
Thank you Moira for that information about what is happening in your community SmileSmile
nonur Plus
8 17 11 Turkey
22 Mar 2014 1:45PM
Great shots of photojournalism, Helen!
ColleenA Plus
4 322 4 Australia
22 Mar 2014 4:07PM
Excellent reportage and a wonderful job you and others have done to achieve that sort of money collection....good on you
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
22 Mar 2014 4:10PM
Well done, Helen, and for showing this set to make more people aware of the plight of many in this country. Food banks are certainly a good idea, and personally I can't see any argument against them.
Trev Smile
22 Mar 2014 4:11PM
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Quote:An excellent write-up to accompany these somewhat sad images, Helen. Carol

I agree Helen, nobody should be going hungry or should have to go to food banks!

I find it frustrating that the government is willing to pay out billions on the likes of new high speed rail links that will save about twenty minutes on a journey and yet they turn a blind eye on people that they should be protecting!

Ken



Well done for highlighting this sad state of affairs
netta1234 Plus
4 381 2 Wales
22 Mar 2014 7:34PM
Well done Helen.
But I go mad when I see them at supermarkets taking food off the counter after the sell by date's gone,
And I know that a lot of them throw things that would be ok to eat,why not give that food to the people that needs it.
I've seen them throwing .Potatoes,apples onions,and caned food.I don't know who the idiot was that said there should be a sell by date on some foods.
Netta
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 10 10 England
22 Mar 2014 7:39PM
Awareness is good and you've done your bit Helen. As long as it is not abused I'm very much in favour. We have our bank here in Bridgnorth but at the moment supplies are short.
Joan.
22 Mar 2014 8:32PM
Well done Helen, excellent reportage no one should go hungry..Lin
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
23 Mar 2014 9:39AM
Well done

Peter
SlowSong Plus
8 6.6k 29 England
23 Mar 2014 4:33PM
The food bank near where I live in Loughton is so full of food they can't give it away. I don't think that area needs one and someone in charge ought to do something about redistribution. Sad
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
23 Mar 2014 11:51PM
I am really shocked to hear this problem exists in Britain, where the income is so much higher than here, yet people tell me that food is cheaper in Britain.

Whatever the cause, there seems to be a serious need for improvement. Congrats on pointing out the problem!

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