"I’m eating porridge for lunch today"

Social interactions are so often centred around food, in every culture and background. Food is an important part of fellowship.

But did you know that food poverty actually affects how we interact socially?

A good friend contacted me a few days ago, she wants to meet up for lunch today. She’s suggesting we go to a fancy new eatery with some other friends. It sounds like fun, until I remember that I’m eating porridge for lunch today. I haven’t seen her in months and she’s only in town for a week, so I’m gutted that we can’t catch up over a meal.   

I’m conscious that for me, this is only a temporary situation, but for thousands of families across the country their ability to socially interact over food can be severely limited, because they are unable to provide the extra food. According to CUF research conducted by ComRes 1 in 10 British adults said that during 2016 they had missed celebrating a special occasion (e.g., a birthday, anniversary, or Christmas) because they could not afford to.  

Perhaps we’ll make that catch-up a walk along Southbank.


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