Last term Carol Chen in Middle Schoolrooms came third in a national poetry competition aimed at raising awareness of hunger in the UK. This term Carol was asked to join the End Hunger UK Touring Exhibition in Carlisle and read her poem to the attending audiences.

She sits before an empty table, her eyes empty and sad
Will the food ever arrive? She’s waiting for her Dad.
In the room next door a young girl cries.
‘I don’t want my greens!’ ‘I just want to eat fries’
She doesn’t have the energy to give her Dad a hug,
He returned empty-handed, doesn’t even have a mug
‘Drink your hot chocolate! Don’t spill it on the floor!’
It’s hard to believe that they just live next door.

Carol Chen

Casia Wiliam, Welsh Children’s Laureate and one of the judges, felt her poem was “Very powerful.  It gives a strong child perspective on hunger, and captures the inequality of poverty in such a clear and simple way”.

Together we can end hunger in the UK but only if we keep working hard to insist the government make the changes necessary to root out the causes of hunger.