Unite supports the right to food campaign

Right to Food campaign

We need a #RightToFood

The UK is a very wealthy country, but millions of people rely on food banks to make sure that their children get a square meal, many in work. 11 million of our fellow citizens are living in food poverty. Every day for them is a choice between eating and heating, or eating and a warm coat for the kids. Something is very wrong.

It's time that the #RightToFood became law.

This law make the government responsible for addressing the raging income inequalities and the broken benefits system which have pushed so many into poverty. It would force the government to scrap its cruel five week wait before a claimant receives a penny of Universal Credit, a main reason why people are forced to turn to food banks.

And much as Marcus Rashford has been a hero for his work to make sure hungry children are fed during the school holidays, it really ought to be something that government has to do by law, not through public shaming. That's why Unite is supporting the campaign led by Ian Byrne MP to make the #RightToFood law.

Ian is backed in his campaign by Liverpool city council, which has become the first #RightToFood city in the UK . You can read more about Ian's campaign and the #RightToFood pledge here. 

A national strategy for food

Unite supports the call for the ‘Right To Food’ to be incorporated into the government’s ‘National Food Strategy’. This is the first independent review of England’s entire food system for 75 years and it must take the opportunity to build the food system this country needs for all its people. It's set to report to the government this year.  Help us make sure that tackling this country's chronic poverty is top of its agenda. 

Five ways to get involved

Please get involved in the #RightToFood campaign. Showing your support is easy:

     #1 Add your signature to our #RightToFood campaign pledge

Please email Ian Byrne MP saying you want to add your signature to the #RightToFood campaign pledge. 

     #2 Sign the parliamentary petition

You can sign and share the parliamentary petition to make access to food a legal right.  

     #3 Ask your MP to sign the Early Day Motion on the #RightToFood

Please contact your MP today to ask them to sign the Early Day Motion on Food Insecurity and the ‘Right to Food’ (EDM#1251) 

Ask your MP to sign EDM1251 

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     #4 Write to the National Food Strategy team

Please write to Henry Dimbleby, chair of the National Food Strategy team to ask that the team recommends the #RightToFood is made law. You can email the National Food Strategy team here.

     #5 Tell everyone that you're backing the #RightToFood

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