Some of us may have read Charles Dicken’s novel “Oliver Twist.” Many more have probably seen the musical “Oliver,” based on the 1838 novel which narrates the life of orphans in Victorian England. Nine-year old Oliver, a victim of slow starvation, living on three small bowls of oatmeal gruel every day, dreams of better food.
At the start of the musical, Oliver and his fellow orphans sing “food, glorious food” in the hopes of getting a good meal. Bowl in outstretched hand Oliver dares to say the now famous line, “Please, sir, I want some more.” That results in him being thrown out of the workhouse to fend for himself in London’s underworld of theft and violence.
Today, the United Nations food agencies estimate that around 690 million people around the world go to bed hungry every night. The pandemic has made the situation worse. People have lined up for hours to get food from Food Banks to feed their families.