With Marcus Rashford keeping food poverty in the headlines, we know teachers will be thinking about food insecurity. There’s nothing more direct than supporting a food poverty charity, but there are ways poetry can bear witness to the situation across the UK, and things poets can do to help.
Recently, The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network partnered with Oxfam and End Hunger UK to create a pack of lesson plans, writing prompts and reflections on food poverty and holiday hunger in the UK.
One of our Teacher Trailblazers, Fran Pridham, wrote a YPN feature about dealing with holiday hunger from the perspective of a teacher, and what we as poets can do.
The writing challenge on Young Poets Network offered prompts and ways for young people to channel their emotions into words. The competition is now closed, but the prompts can still offer ways in to this topic in the classroom. You can also read the anthology of powerful poems which young people in the UK have already written on this theme below.
If you’d like to explore the facts, figures and terminology around food poverty with your students, and write a poetry manifesto, you can download a free teaching resource, which includes a PowerPoint from End Hunger UK and case studies.
Teachers can also explore and share our mental health and poetry page, aimed at young people.
If you’d like to book a poet to explore these themes with your students, please get in touch.
26 October 2020