Tom Ryalls

Food poverty is a concept.

It’s a thing you read about in textbooks or newspapers, it’s what politicians talk about in parliament, it’s what people say when they don’t know anyone who is struggling to feed themselves or their family.

For me it’s not a concept. It’s my family and my friends and their kids. It’s my community. I see the effect it has, not through the TV, but just in my everyday life.

Food poverty is what you call it when it doesn’t touch your life. When it does touch your life you call it the harrowing sight of seeing a kid who is hungry beyond how anyone should be hungry.

Then, you stop calling it anything, and you do something about it because it’s not a concept, it’s a reality.

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There is strategic value in this.

Once upon a time it was possible to be working-class and lead a relatively stable life, you could experience a degree of financial stability, you had a community, you got to engage in the arts and culture. That’s been largely eradicated now, since Thatcher…

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Tom Ryalls

Tom Ryalls

Cultural Organiser / Writer / Fundraiser. You can find me at @BoyAndPen elsewhere.