World Hunger Day was organised by Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence at the House of Commons of British Parliament on 4th June, in association with Akshaya Patra Foundation UK, during which key charities and stakeholders working for the cause of Hunger in the UK have come together to share their valuable perspectives….reports Asian Lite News
Hosted by Mrs Sharon Hodgson, MP for Sunderland West and co-hosted by Emma Lewell-Buck MP, Vice-Chair for All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger, the event had thought leaders Sophie Noonan from the Hunger Project, Hilary Croft from the Felix Project, Rosie Oglesby from Feeding Britain, Barbara Crowther from Children’s Food Campaign (Sustain), Louisa McGeehan from Child Poverty Action Group and Bhawani Singh from the Akshaya Patra Foundation UK. They all spoke passionately on the state of Hunger, the repercussions on children and families, the need of the hour for addressing the issue of Holiday Hunger and have highlighted some of the work they have been doing. They have echoed that targets could be set and achieved for ending the problem of Hunger, both at individual as well as collaborative levels.
Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West said “A civilised society should not be sitting by idly whilst its people go hungry. As the Chair of the APPG on School Food, I am determined to ensure that no child goes hungry and work with colleagues, charities and stakeholders to reach that goal. It is great to bring together so many experts to discuss how we can ensure no one goes hungry in the UK, or around the world. I hope that we can continue to work together, and with the Government, to reach that goal”
Emma Lewell-Buck, Member of Parliament for South Shields said “We are one of the richest countries in the world yet increasing numbers of people are going hungry. This national disgrace should shame our Government, the fact they are doing nothing to mitigate it means that events such as this bringing people together, working towards ending hunger are even more vital”
Sophie Noonan of The Hunger Project UK added “I was delighted to speak at the World Hunger Day event at the House of Commons, organised by Sanskruti Centre, in partnership with Akshaya Patra Foundation UK, Felix Project, Feeding Britain, Children Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Sustain, alongside us The Hunger Project UK. The event focused on effective solutions to tackle child hunger and poverty. Working in International Development for 20 years, I was shocked to see the latest statistics on child poverty in the UK and it is wonderful to see the efforts and innovative initiatives being made by all attendees to counter it”
Bhawani Singh Shekhawat, CEO Europe of The Akshaya Patra Foundation said “Today UK faces the dual challenges of hunger and obesity. With over 3 million children in the UK going hungry during holidays and over 500,000 going to school hungry, we need to solve this challenge at scale and at speed. We have many best practices from our experience of serving over 1.6 million children nutritious meals every day that can be deployed here. And we want to collaborate and work with the MPs and all organizations that want to ensure no child should go to school or bed hungry”
Befitting to the occasion, Ragasudha Vinjamuri- Founder of Sanskruti Centre presented classical dance on the story of Akshaya Patra from the epic Mahabharat. As a prelude, she has explained how Yudhishtir chanted Surya Ashtottara Satanamaavali to meditate upon the Sun God and has obtained the miracle vessel Akshaya Patra that would provide an inexhaustible supply of food feeding countless people per day.