Mothers staging hunger strike at Parliament for parents who cannot feed children

A group of six mothers will begin a five-day hunger strike outside Parliament on Mother’s Day to draw attention to parents in the UK who are skipping meals to feed their children.

The mothers taking part in the peaceful protest, set up by Mother’s Manifesto, plan to strike without food from Sunday to Thursday, with a meeting in Parliament to discuss next steps with MPs scheduled for Tuesday at 11.30am.

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The group will protest outside Parliament (Jonathan Brady/PA)

They plan on protesting between 11am and 4pm each day, and are staying in a nearby Buddhism centre each night.

It is the group’s second hunger strike after they protested outside Downing Street for six days from Mother’s Day last year.

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This is the second hunger strike for the group (Jonathan Brady/PA)

“As mothers, we feel like we should be able to feed children and take care of them and actually, many mothers are not able to do that both in the UK and globally.

“I think it’s absolutely shameful that so many people here in the UK are struggling to manage to feed themselves – we’ve got millions of children who are below the poverty line in one of the richest nations.”

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Mrs Hopkins thinks there is still time to change the future of food poverty (Jonathan Brady/PA)

“We will sit outside Parliament with a table with empty plates and knives and forks,” Mrs Hopkins said.

“On the plates we have written a number of our demands and we’re making hearts with children’s names on to show our support for their future.

“I’m so excited for it, and it will really show how much mothers are struggling with feeding their children.”

According to 2022 numbers from the Food Foundation charity, 25.8% of households with children had experienced food insecurity within the past month, affecting an estimated four million children in the UK.

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They plan on protesting between 11am and 4pm each day (Jonathan Brady/PA)

“It was amazing, and we have also been in touch with other organisations, such as the Food Foundation – we’re hoping to come together at some point for one big campaign,” she added.

“At the strike, different people reacted differently –  everybody was quite well, but one person was really poorly from not eating.

“I felt so connected with the reality for so many mothers and I think when you’re not eating yourself, that hits you really hard.

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Mother’s Manifesto will also be having a meeting in Parliament (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Looking to the future, Mrs Hopkins said: “I’d say that we’re facing multiple crises at the moment, in terms of the climate, ecological and social crisis.

“But, the future is not set – we can change the future and we know we can and that we must.

“This is why we’re doing this action, because we want to make a future when no child goes hungry, and when no child starves to death.”

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