Zayn Malik and other celebs who penned open letters
The former One Direction member advocates for struggling parents in letter to British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak
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Open letters have proven to be a powerful way to get a message out there, and many celebrities have started penning them as a vehicle for change, revelation, or to combat the tabloids.
Zayn Malik recently penned an open letter to British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, advocating for fellow parents on an issue close to his heart: food insecurity. The former One Direction member made a heartfelt plea asking the politician to "act in good conscience" and allocate funds for free school meals for children living in poverty by the November 17 budget deadline.
"I know what that shame feels like, I have seen it first hand, as growing up in Bradford, I relied on Free School Meals. I personally experienced the stigma surrounding food insecurity," the singer shared in his November 7 letter on Instagram. "My hope is that in writing this letter we can all ensure that no child ever has to experience this hunger and stigma again as my experience is not unique; it is a struggle that many children in England are sadly going through right now." He wrote that as recently as September 2022, "four million children live in households who experienced food poverty."
Malik himself became a father in 2020, and he stressed the importance of taking care of family. "No parent should have to make impossible decisions like whether to buy food, turn on the heating, or go into debt. Knowing that their children are getting a good lunch at school would be a huge relief to parents who are struggling." He emphasized that the cost-of-living crisis "only creates bigger divides between the richest and the poorest" and that Free School Meals would "guarantee a reliably hot, nutritious lunch every day at school, so children can thrive rather than worrying about where their next meal comes from."
"Children going hungry is not inevitable and should not come down to a political issue or ideology," he concluded.
Click through this gallery to read up on more open letters from the stars.
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