A Recipe to End World Hunger

Posted by Minnie Rahman Activism Assistant in Oxfam's North of England office

18th Jun 2013

On Saturday 15th June, the Oxfam Manchester group attended 'Feeding the 5000'. This miniature festival aims to draw an awareness to the British public about food wastage by offering them a free meal. The meal was made from donated food products sent by supermarkets that would otherwise have been thrown away. There was a fantastic atmosphere, and the meal was delicious! It was an amazing day out that we hope to be part of again, as it really helped solidify our understanding of food wastage, over-consumption and sustainability. 


As a group, we decided to run an interactive stall where members of the public could participate in a "Recipe to End World Hunger". We asked people to contribute their ideas into our cooking pot, and by the end of the day we had over 70 suggestions and ideas for ending hunger across the globe. We have taken these suggestions and turned them into a poem that we can use to share our message. Look out for your suggestions in our poem and thank you to everyone who contributed!


A Recipe to End World Hunger


It is time for us to gather,

To think things through and reassess.

What has placed us in this mess?

Where 1 in 8 go hungry every day

It isn't fair, that's what I say.


If we just take a deeper look,

We can educate ourselves to cook,

Using food from our own gardens,

And supporting local farmers.

Fruit and veg should be organic,

At least then things wouldn't be so manic!


Supermarkets, are they to blame?

They definitely have a role to play

Wasting food is their biggest crime,

They should not throw it all away.


It should be illegal to put food to waste,

And let's get rid of sell by dates!

How about 'Buy one get one free'?

It doesn't make much sense to me.


Let's eat less meat or even go vegan

Why is there a ban on Freegans?

We need to share

Food. Land. Labour. Love.

And we can solve the problems above. 


Those in charge need to look at the facts,

Especially to reclaim dodged tax

At least then we would be helping foreign nations,

Retrieve what is theirs,

And end the devastation.



It is time for us to gather,

To think things through and reassess.

What has placed us in this mess?

It is our responsibility

To distribute food equally.

If we only use what we need

Then there definitely is enough to feed,

Everyone.




By members of the public in Manchester 





















Blog post written by Minnie Rahman

Activism Assistant in Oxfam's North of England office

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