Young people travelled to Westminster to have their voices heard about food poverty.
The nine food ambassadors from England, Scotland and Wales, were delivering the Fixers report, What Young People Say About Food, which details the experiences young people have of food insecurity.
Gathered to hear their stories were a select group of MPs, policy makers and stakeholders.
Fourteen-year-old Dev Sharma, from Leicester, said: ‘It was such a great experience to be able to tell the people in Westminster what they need to do. I hope they listened.’
The report is the result of workshops held across the country with over 300 school aged children to understand their experience of food poverty and gather ideas for solutions.
Young people highlighted the high cost and poor quality of school meals and are calling for a dedicated hunger teacher to deal with food poverty issues.
They are also asking for families to support each other with the purchasing and preparation of food and be more open about hunger issues.
Finally, the young people want more responsibility and accountability in regards to how food is advertised and presented on television and across social media.
The work has been conducted as part of a Parliamentary Inquiry into Children’s Future Food. It has the support of a cross party group of 14 parliamentarians and two All Party Parliamentary Groups.
The Food Foundation, which is coordinating the delivery of this inquiry, commissioned Fixers to consult with children across the UK. This report is the result of that consultation.
Labour MP Sharon Hodgson listened to the young people and said: ‘It has been a fantastic day, really thought provoking and at times really emotional. It is very powerful hearing the testimonies from young people themselves.
‘It’s the responsibility of us as a nation together to tackle this, we shouldn’t, in this day and age, be talking about children going hungry. For some of these young people it’s about survival, borderline malnourishment, and that is not OK.’