Yes, my friends, it’s another meta blog. This is something I couldn’t resist sharing, though, so if you don’t like it, you’ll just have to lump it, I’m afraid.
Jack Monroe is a single mum from Southend, Essex, who blogs at A Girl Called Jack, sharing simple, tasty recipes, made entirely from supermarket value ingredients, following her own experiences with living on the breadline. She also writes witty, incisive political comments on the nature of poverty and what can be done to tackle it, which I think is equally, if not more important. As she points out, while her own story might have turned out ok (there’s a book deal in the works with Penguin), others are still suffering – so the more we do to raise awareness and encourage giving, the better.
If you read nothing else on her site, read her entry entitled Hunger Hurts from July 2012. It was this that launched her into the public eye and led to discussions in parliament and at the G8 summit. As well as being an important, eye-opening account of what can happen if you lose your income, it’s also a heartbreaking picture of the struggle to keep some semblance family life with almost nothing to live on.