Youth Food Ambassador to the UK Parliament
We are very proud of Dev 9BEM, who is a Youth Food Ambassador to the UK Parliament. As part of his role he launched the Children's Future Food Inquiry’s final report and Charter for tackling Child Food Poverty in the UK, alongside Oscar-winning Dame Emma Thompson and six other young ambassadors on Thursday 25th April.
At Westminster UK Parliament, he spoke on stage and helped launch the report to over 150 MP’s, Policy Makers and also the operational and managerial staff in sectors regarding young people and food. They called for a new independent Children’s Food Watchdog to lead the change on tackling child food insecurity in the UK and the need for government action on this widespread issue. He also had a private meeting with the Secretary of State for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi in which he reiterated his concern of the growing food poverty problem and told him what he wanted from the administration.
Dev and the ambassadors took their report straight to the heart of government, 10 Downing Street and delivered a copy of their report and Charter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May to read. Their Charter included recommendations from children aged 10-18 for improving their access to nutritious food.
Dev was lucky enough to spend the day with Oscar Winning, Dame Emma Thompson who is also the Inquiry’s Ambassador and, Bruce Adamson, the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland.
Finally, he made an appearance on The One Show on BBC, alongside Dame Emma Thompson to speak about their campaign on Food Poverty – this was streamed to over 5 million people live!
He also featured on ITV News, Sky News and Channel 4 News. Furthermore, the Sunday Times, the Daily Mail and the Daily Star Newspapers also published the story.
Congratulations on your fantastic work Dev. We are all very proud of you and your efforts.