Real Food Wythenshawe were honoured to visit and present to the United Nations in Geneva Switzerland in May, to help raise awareness about food poverty in the UK as part of the Universal Periodic Review.
Working alongside the Edmund Rice International, The Trussell Trust and St Ambrose College in Hale, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s Real Food Programme Manager, Jacqueline Naraynsingh presented the case for the 1,182,954 people in UK that received 3 day emergency food supplies (436,938 children).
The Universal Periodic Review is a process set up by the UN Human Rights Council to review the human rights situation in every UN Member State. Each state is assessed by a group of representatives from other Member States every five years and the team worked hard to present to representatives from the members states and took part in side events.
Real Food Programme Manager Jacqueline said, “I was honoured to be given the opportunity to go to the Geneva and petition the UN and hopefully raise awareness of the issues that we face not just in Wythenshawe but the United Kingdom. When we started this project we wanted to make a real difference and I’m very grateful to both Edmund Rice International and St Ambrose for giving me this fantastic opportunity at an international level.”
Executive Director of Housing at WCHG Jacque Allen said, “It’s absolutely fantastic and testament to the hard work of the Real Food team that they were selected to take part in the Universal Periodic Review and petition the UN. We are very proud of the work that they do here in the Wythenshawe and beyond, Food Poverty is not just a problem in Wythenshawe and we hope the work of the team can make a difference for the UK”.