An invitation From Forth Environment Link.

Invitation From Forth Environment Link which may be of interest:

Forth Environment Link, Start Up Stirling, Sunlight Cafe and Mercat City Centre Community Council and some of the UK’s leading charities and community groups working with people affected by hunger have combined forces for the first time to launch a campaign that aims to end hunger in the UK. A recent report from the United Nations Food & Agricultural Organisation suggested that as many as 8.4 million people in the UK struggle to put enough food on the table, equivalent to the entire population of London.

Working here in Stirling, we know many residents go without adequate and nutritious food – for all sorts of reasons. At this event collectively we will talk about this issues relating to Stirling we will also hear from local organisations and people about their projects and experiences. Start-Up Stirling run three weekly food banks plus delivery throughout Stirlingshire to those who cannot buy food for themselves.  Throughout 2016 there have been 102,800 meals of crisis food provided to 1900 individuals with 635 of these (33%) being children.

Joining us from Edinburgh will be Charlie Hanks telling us about their The Real Junk Food Project Edinburgh that turns food that would otherwise go to waste into three-course meals served Pay As You Feel. While focusing on waste reduction, the project’s aim is wider: to help build resilient mixed-demographic food communities where everyone has dignified access to healthy food.”

Like us, the other charities behind the new End Hunger UK campaign ( work first-hand with thousands of local community groups and projects across the UK that support people affected by hunger, and while they believe the voluntary sector’s support can be “life-changing”, they say longer term solutions are urgently needed to tackle the issue.“That’s why we’re calling for an urgent, national conversation about what needs to be done, by the Government and others, to ensure that children get the food they need to give them the best start in life, and that nobody in the UK needs to go hungry.”

People affected by hunger, or with ideas about how the Government should tackle the issue, are being urged to add their voice to the campaign by joining End Hunger UK’s ‘Big Conversation’ online, on social media using the hashtag #EndHungerUK, or at local charity and community group events being held across the UK, until March 2017.

In Stirling you can join us on Saturday the 11th of February 11.30 – 2pm at the Cowane Centre in Stirling to join the conversation.

Sunlight Cafe will be providing refreshments and local seasonal soups and sandwiches from 12.45 onwards – let us know if you plan to come along by emailing or calling 01786 449 215.

If you are not sure you can make it or you can’t do the whole event the doors will be open from 12.45 onwards after the talks so you can add your opinions, experiences and ideas and grab a bite to eat and a blether.

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