FOOD for thought has been delivered to Prime Minister David Cameron – thanks to East Dunbartonshire campaigners waging war on world hunger.
Local supporters of the ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ campaign handed MP Jo Swinson a red ‘budget’ box at her surgery in Lenzie Public Hall last week.
The aim was to stress the importance of increasing the aid budget to 0.7 per cent of gross national income and introducing transparent tax laws in the forthcoming Budget.
The UK will host the G8 Summit in June so it has a chance to lead the world in these matters.
Ms Swinson has now passed on local concerns to the Prime Minister.
Local campaign co-ordinator Marian Martin, from Lenzie, said: “I was surprised and pleased to learn that there is actually enough food in the world for everyone, but am saddened by the persistent extent of hunger.
“Apparently one in every eight people in the world goes to bed hungry and two million children die annually from malnutrition.”
‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ is the largest coalition of its kind in the UK since Make Poverty History in 2005.
The campaign – involving a range of caring groups – warns that in a world where there is enough food for everyone, the scandal of children growing up hungry also imposes a grave economic burden on the developing world, costing £78billion over the next 15 years.
Ms Swinson said: “I was pleased to meet the group who rightly highlight that no-one need be hungry or malnourished.
“I’ve already shown my support for the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign at an event in Parliament and by writing to the Chancellor a few weeks ago. I have now followed it up with a letter to the Prime Minister after I met with the group.
“We have the opportunity to make 2013 an historic year by showing global leadership and delivering clear plans to tackle hunger and its root causes at the G8 and beyond.
“Local residents can show their support for ending hunger by getting involved at www.enoughfoodif.org.”
Christina Leitch, from Bearsden, said the group asked Ms Swinson to contact the Chancellor and the Prime Minister to ensure the issue is addressed.
She said: “We all feel strongly that something can, and must be done this year, to combat unnecessary world hunger.”
Campaigners are pictured above with Ms Swinson.
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