The £3 cooking challenge

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I’ve just heard about the £3 cookery challenge being run by leading food charity The Trussell Trust in conjunction with Buyagift. I think I might give it a go – will you join me? The aim of the challenge is to raise awareness of how difficult it can be to feed our families on a limited budget, as well as raising money for The Trussell Trust.

Food poverty is no longer something we associate only with people in developing countries. Increasingly people here in the UK are struggling to put food on the table to feed their family.

The Trussell Trust reports that over 350,000 people received three days’ emergency food from their network of foodbanks between April and September 2013, triple the numbers helped in the same period last year. The charity says that UK hunger is getting worse and is calling for an urgent inquiry into the causes of UK food poverty and the consequent surge in foodbank usage.

This cooking challenge calls for people to come up with delicious meal ideas to serve at least two people that don’t break the £3 budget. And Buyagift is offering a fantastic array of prizes to encourage people to get involved. There’s a meal for two at Marco Pierre White’s Steak House in London, a gourmet cookery lesson and a relaxing spa day all up for grabs, and Buyagift will also make a donation to The Trussell Trust.

Of course, a challenge like this is going to do little to fix the dire situation our society currently finds itself in. As Chris Johnes, Oxfam’s UK Poverty Programme Director, said recently: “It is completely unacceptable that in the seventh wealthiest nation on the planet, the number of people turning to foodbanks has tripled.” Welfare reform has got to be pushed higher on our agenda as a country.

But still, anything that helps promote the amazing work of The Trussell Trust has got to be a good thing. So my thinking cap is on, and I’ll report back when I’ve come up with my £3 meal for the challenge. Perhaps you’ll consider taking part too? Find out more here.

Enough food for everyone IF…

It is an outrageous and downright disgusting fact that the world today has enough food for everyone, yet not everyone has enough food.

Why – when there is enough food to go around – is hunger one of the world’s most shocking problems?

Hunger kills more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. One in eight people on our planet lives with the pain of hunger. Two million children die each year because of malnutrition. It’s sickening isn’t it, when it simply doesn’t need to be like this? It’s not just an overseas problem either. Right here, in the UK, many hardworking people struggle to put food on the table each day for their families.

It’s unfair, it’s unjust and it’s totally preventable.

This is why today, Wednesday 23 January 2013, is a momentous day. Today sees the launch of the IF campaign, the biggest ever campaign to tackle global hunger.

More than 100 charities and campaigning organisations, including Save the Children, Oxfam, Christian Aid and UNICEF, are joining forces to make one helluva lot of noise to draw everyone’s attention to the issue of food poverty – in particular those G8 leaders who are meeting in the UK for their summit in June 2013.

Will you lend your voice to the cause too? We all need to shout about THE FOUR BIG IFS…

Enough food for everyone IF… we stop poor farmers being forced off their land and we grow crops to feed people not fuel cars.

Enough food for everyone IF… governments and big companies are honest and open about some of the things that stop people getting enough food.

Enough food for everyone IF… we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger and help the poorest families get enough food.

Enough food for everyone IF… we stop big companies dodging taxes in poor countries.

If we all shout together, we’ll be too loud for our governments to ignore. As a food blogger, I think it’s important I add my voice to the IF campaign. Will you? The success of the campaign depends upon millions of people, people like you and me, coming together and taking action to demand an end to hunger. We have the power to make politicians sit up and listen.

This short animation sums up the IF campaign in a nutshell. It’s only two minutes long. Please watch it.

Sign up to the campaign and find out other ways you can play your part at the Enough food for everyone IF website.