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Food-Aid-Fraudsters

rose mcgowan

Rose McGowan, who helped spark the #MeToo movement, last week labelled Natalie Portman a “fraud”, saying she was “an actress acting the part of someone who cares”. Here we apply the same sentiment using many of the same words Rose used, to apply the same label to a UK food aid sector.

See Rose’s original statement here: https://www.facebook.com/RoseMcGowan/posts/2938303429566181

Some thoughts on Trussell, Fareshare, Sustain, IFAN, food think tanks, academics and everybody else involved in the End Hunger campaign and their so called ‘protest’. Often getting rave reviews from a liberal mainstream media, for their bravery. Brave? No, not by a long shot. More like activists acting the part of someone who cares. But not many of them do.

We find the food aid sector’s type of activism deeply offensive to those of us who actually do the work. We’re not writing this out of bitterness, we are writing this out of disgust.

We just want them all to walk the walk.

You are a food aid sector claiming to feed hungry people well. Yet, none of you have any food expertise or have ever been hungry. You are all the food aid A-listers and you could change food aid for the better if you’d take a stand instead of being part of the problem. Yes, you all are the problem. Lip service is the problem. Fake support of hungry people is the problem.

As we’ve written many times, what goes on behind the scenes, goes on, on the frontline too, and goes into the world. It’s a pervasive sickness that needs its own medicine.

What you do affects the world. As does what you do not do.

We are singling you out because you all hold a position of power and you are a long line of organisations acting the part as if you care about the diet and wellbeing of hungry people. Food aid organisations are supposed to stand up for hungry people. But in reality, you don’t do much at all. Of course the general public will still buy into your distorted view of what constitutes nutritionally balanced food and keep your foodbanks full of unwanted, unhealthy products. And they’ll think they’re buying into who you are. But who are you?

We’ve been to your conferences before, where you reel off all your depressing statistics and then you all go back and eat your nice sandwiches and salads, and force hungry people to eat crap food. We quickly realised, you and all your speakers are just… frauds. You say you want to feed people well but in 10 years you steadfastly stick to the same terrible food model and lie about it being nutritionally balanced. You say a lot but in effect you do nothing.

There is no law that says you need to treat hungry people with dignity or support hungry families. By all means, you do you.

But we are saying stop pretending you’re some kind of champion for anything other than yourselves- making you feel good, giving you purpose in your careers and as you chase you PHDs.

As for us, we’ll be over here continuing to raise our voice and fight for the rights of every hungry person to eat the same food you choose to eat every single day of your lives. That is activism.

Until you and your fellow food-aiders get real, do us all a favour and hang up your embroidered activist cloaks (or silly knitted veg), it doesn’t hang right.

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