Jack Monroe
Jack Monroe is a 25 year old single mother from Southend on Sea, who started writing an online blog (www.agirlcalledjack.com) when she was unemployed and looking for work. She charted the realities of life on the breadline, and the difficulty of finding work as a single parent in an economic downturn.

After being referred to a food bank last year, she cooks budget meals for herself and her three year old son for less than £10 a week, and recently spoke to a group of MPs in Parliament about food poverty and food banks in Britain.
She is a passionate, if accidental, spokeswoman for the realities of poverty, and has raised £3,500 for Oxfam this year by participating in the Live Below The Line challenge.
She also campaigns on behalf of Child Poverty Action Group, and will represent the IF campaign at the G8 summit this weekend.
She says: "Poverty is not just having not enough food, or turning off your heating, or unscrewing the light bulbs.

"Poverty is the sinking, choking feeling when your son finishes his one weetabix, and says: More mummy? More bread and jam?... As you're wondering how to carry the TV and the guitar to the pawn shop, and how to tell him that there is no bread and jam."

Entries by Jack Monroe

Dear Richard Littlejohn - Here's Some Polish for That Turd

(54) Comments | Posted 1 November 2013 | (16:25)

Dear Richard Littlejohn,

I've read your trash non-journalism 'comment' piece about me in the Daily Mail this morning - not because it is a newspaper I read, but because a friend forwarded it to me.

Firstly, I have to commend you for managing to get so many facts...

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The Government Are Feckless, Neglectful and Abusive - My Speech at the #TUC2013

(96) Comments | Posted 11 September 2013 | (01:00)

An article in the Guardian recently claimed that 'austerity has been hijacked by the moralisers' - and judging by George Osborne's latest announcement that "austerity works", it seems they were right. As though it's all just 'cosy frugality', as though we are all just living in a snapshot of a...

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'Where's the Straight Pride? It's Not Fair!'

(178) Comments | Posted 1 July 2013 | (01:00)

"Where's the straight Pride? Why do the gays get a special day to themselves? It's not fair."

If I had a pound for every time I was asked that question, well, I'd have quite a few pounds. 

Straight Pride is being able to walk down the street holding hands with...

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'Breadline Britain,' I Live in the Seventh Richest Country in the World

(117) Comments | Posted 14 June 2013 | (01:00)

I live in the seventh richest country in the world, where a reported half a million people are dependent on free, charity food handouts from food banks.

I was one of those people, for six months of unemployment. But there was almost a year before that, that I struggled alone,...

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