Even though the UK is considered as one of the richest and most developed countries and economies in the world, around 14 million people (or a fifth of the population) live in poverty. This means that around 4 million children are left without access to healthy and nutritious food.
The Food Ethics Council reports that many families in the UK are “food insecure” and face tough choices when it comes to buying food, paying the rent or utilities in their home.
The reason is a combination of both expensive vegetables, fast food outlets near schools, a lack of shops selling fresh food, and cheap food full of saturated fats, salt, and sugar. This is what experts call food poverty.
A tweet that was shared by the chairman of Cheltenham Civic Society is a perfect example of being completely out of touch with the reality for many people in the UK.
Mr. Andrew Booton shared an image of a healthy meal he prepared for his family for £3.89, or 97p each, and wrote that we shouldn’t speak about food poverty in the UK because “it’s just idleness”.
Many people replied to the tweet, but this one, written by Mr. Daniel Stewart, stood out from the crowd:
Mr. Booton has since deleted his tweet with an apology in which he said that he was sorry for “having trivialized a serious issue”.
These are some of the replies he received on the initial tweet: