When Angela asked me to write something about what the Hungry for Change campaign means to me I needed time to reflect. Being one of the many overweight people in our country I clearly have a guilt issue that this particular campaign brings out.
In a world where food is one of the great inequalities, living in a country blessed by abundance can sometimes make us forget the scale of problems elsewhere. For example, I found myself at lunchtime craving my usual sweet treat and saw a ‘2 bags of Maltesers for 90p’. I didn’t need, or even want, 2 bags of this rather marvellous food – but I bought them anyway.
Whilst indulging in the ‘sweet treat’ duo, I thought about the choice I had made comparing it with the limited, if any, choice for the 1 in 7 people who go hungry every day.
The Hungry for Change campaign is not about making us (me!) feel guilty about what we have, rather it is about raising awareness of what can be done to help those that do not have. So….
– Global companies can be more transparent in their business dealings and can pay growers/suppliers of food (often in the areas most in need) a living wage – lets remind our MPs and Prime Minister by writing to them;
– We can think a little more about our lifestyle choices for example by continuing our efforts to eliminate food waste – whilst remembering in our prayers those that don’t have the ‘luxury’ of throwing food away; and
– for me, ignoring the temptation of the 2nd bag of maltesers (or other lovely treat that I really don’t want) and offering this saving as part of my contribution to support CAFOD’s work.
I believe this campaign lasts until Oct 2013 – so plenty of time for us to do our bit.