‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ supporter David Walliams joined 100 school children this morning to meet Prime Minister David Cameron and call for action to tackle global hunger.
The Prime Minister was presented with specially crafted plates from each of the children attending, representing more than 30,000 plates that have been decorated by school children across the UK, ahead of the G8 meeting in Northern Ireland and the Nutrition for Growth Summit that the UK Government is hosting in London this Saturday, 8 June.
David Walliams joined the children in support of the ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ campaign, to show the Prime Minister that they are calling for action to tackle the global hunger crisis that is responsible for almost half of child deaths every year.
Around the world one in eight people do not have enough food to eat and nearly one in 4 children under the age of 5 are also affected by poor nutrition, leaving them unable to reach their full potential.
Urging the Prime Minister to build ambitiously on existing commitments to nutrition programmes at this weekend’s summit, David Walliams, who is also a Comic Relief Honorary Trustee and UNICEF UK supporter said:
‘Now is the time for our Government to go further and show the rest of the world’s leaders that we’re serious about ending global hunger and poor nutrition. As part of my work for Comic Relief I’ve seen first-hand the devastating impact that hunger and malnutrition have on children, denying them the opportunity to grow, play and learn. Bold action at Saturday’s Nutrition for Growth event would truly change children’s lives.’
David Bull, IF spokesperson, added:
“Investing in nutrition is not only the right thing to do for millions of children and their families, its also one of the most cost-effective ways to break the cycle of poverty and is critical in order to help countries develop and prosper. For the millions of people who still go to bed hungry every night, it’s vital that we take action now. We welcome the lead the Prime Minister is taking by drawing attention to this crisis and look forward to seeing real financial commitment at the Nutrition for Growth Summit.”
Lucy Meakin, 15, from Sir Thomas Boteler C of E School, handed over some of the children's plates to the Prime Minister. She said:
“It was a great experience today. This was a really good opportunity for us to make our point to the Prime Minister directly. He seemed very passionate about the issue of making sure that children everywhere have enough food”
Walliams added: “It’s up to all of us to show we want an end to hunger. Everyone can get involved in the campaign by coming along to the Big IF event in Hyde Park in London on Saturday. By joining together and making enough noise, we can make sure that our government leads the way in ending hunger and saving children’s lives.”
The IF Campaign is asking attendees at Saturday’s Nutrition for Growth Summit to commit to mobilizing an additional $1bn annually to help end the silent scandal of malnutrition.
And over the next ten days the campaign wants to see G8 leaders tackle the causes of hunger, all of which are well within the G8’s grasp.
Go to enoughfoodif.org for more details about the campaign and about how to attend the rally in Hyde Park.
For further information, please contact the UNICEF UK press office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7375 6030
Notes to Editors
About the Nutrition for Growth Summit
The governments of the UK and Brazil, and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) are co-hosting a high-level international meeting to make the ambitious commitments needed to tackle undernutrition in some of the world’s poorest countries, enabling people and nations to prosper.
‘Nutrition for Growth: Beating Hunger through Business and Science’ will bring together business leaders, scientists, governments and civil society including, International Development Secretary, Justine Greening and President of CIFF, Jamie Cooper-Hohn. The event follows from the UK-Brazil Hunger Summit held in London last summer, which highlighted the devastating consequences of undernutrition on children.
Enough Food For Everyone IF is a joint coalition of over 200 UK organisations campaigning for action to tackle the causes of hunger. There is enough food for everyone, yet one in eight people do not have enough food. This year, world leaders must tackle hunger and save millions of lives. If you want to stop the scandal, join the IF campaign at enoughfoodif.org.
The IF Campaign is asking the G8 to take three big steps towards ending hunger:
- Help poor countries make sure that everyone, especially children, have enough nutritious food to eat and support poor families to grow their own food.
- Clamp down on tax havens and launch a convention on tax transparency to stop the flow of billions of pounds out of developing countries – money that could be used to end hunger.
- Give people in developing countries more control over their land by protecting poor farmers from land grabs and using land to grow food not fuel.
About the children attending:
There will be 100 children, aged 7-18, representing schools from all over England and Wales. These children represent the 30,000+ who have joined the IF campaign in asking the PM and other world leaders to make sure they do all they can to stop children and their families going hungry every day.
The children are from schools all over England and Wales, as follows:
Blackfield Primary School, Southampton
Regents Park Primary, Birmingham
St Thomas More, Sheffield
St Peters, Canterbury
Peel Park Primary, Lancashire
St Andrews Major primary School, Wales
Slough Iqra Primary School
Sir John Lawes, Hertfordshire
Loretto High, Manchester
Queens College, Taunton
Kent College Canterbury
Sacred Heart, Camberwell
St Thomas Boteler, Warrington
The Regis School, Bognor Regis
Swanley School, London
Bryn Hafren Comprehensive, Wales
London Islamic Secondary School