London Food Poverty Campaign Coordinator
Cambridge Heath, London
Posted: 14 Jun 2022
Deadline: 28 Jun 2022
Compensation: £25,188 on 0.6 FTE (FT equivalent £41,980)
About Sustain’s work on food poverty
Sustain believes that modern-day hunger and household food insecurity are unacceptable, and we are working to end it by improving policy and practice at the national and local level. Many councils, community groups and others are taking action to ensure people are able to eat well and to address the root causes of people’s difficulties in accessing good food. However, we witness time and again how local action is being severely hampered by public policy that sometimes significantly increases, rather than reduces, food insecurity for many households. Major cuts to local authority budgets and rising food, fuel and housing costs undermine local efforts to address food poverty. And at a national level, welfare policy does not provide an adequate safety net for those experiencing food poverty, for people both in and out of work, as well as minimum wages that do not cover the cost of living.
Sustain coordinates action calling on government, councils and other statutory partners to step up and tackle the root causes of food poverty together, thereby rebalancing the burden of responsibility that currently falls far too heavily on charities, faith groups, volunteers and others responding to local need. These groups are being unfairly relied on to respond to people in food crisis, and in some cases replace what should be covered by adequate incomes and our shared safety net.