A tremendous amount of energy goes into trying to get food into the mouths of the poorest. I witnessed it last week when King Charles launched his Coronation Food Project at a South Oxford programme called SOFEA, which has grown out of its Oxford beginnings to other parts of the Home Counties.
There gathered to meet the King Charles were dozens of volunteers, users of the services, supermarket chiefs and food providers. All wishing to stem the colossal waste which has befallen food production and distribution. To streamline and promote efficiency to ensure that what is made and what is edible is eaten; and eaten in sufficient amounts by those that are unable to afford food.
So food waste will, hopefully, become a thing of the past, spurred on by the increasing need of people hit by inflation and the large amounts of food that are thrown away. Throughout the land there is an energy to ensure that food gets to those who need it most. And that food consumption is not simply for those who have the money.
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There is a vast network of provision for people caught in the emergency of hunger, and the Coronation Food Project will hopefully ensure the provision of more food. The need for emergency food increases as a result of the soaring cost of living thrown up by political ineptness, volatile markets, war and the government’s inability to use the social pounds our taxpayers provide to morph people away from poverty.
I was with Kelvin, a Big Issue vendor there to sell a copy to King Charles, with Charles’s birthday photo on the cover and a matching story. I was also there hopefully to stress to the King that if we wish to end food poverty, we seriously need to turn off the tap that produces people born into poverty.