The short answer is: Because it is an obvious next step for Kent.
The long answer is: Most of us, when we step back and look at our lives, see all this stuff we are doing. We see busy days, we see family and friends. We see good days and bad days. We see that things are changing but also that things are somewhat staying the same. We feel stretched by our jobs, mortgages, and commitments; sometimes we feel stretched to make ends meet or to get through the week. It is an experience many share in Kent and beyond.
At the same time we look at the news and social media, and see everything that is going on in the UK, Europe, and the World. We are losing faith in our politicians and are suspicious of the companies we work for; do any of these have our best interests at heart? We generally feel like there is no one putting the things right that we feel are going wrong in our lives and those of our friends and neighbours. We feel like many of the things that are going wrong are beyond our own powers for change.
The reason we feel like that is because it is true. One person can hardly make a difference to the rise in inequality we see. One person cannot do much about the erosion of our communities. One person feels insignificant in the light of the environmental changes we observe in Kent and globally. We see all these things happening and we feel like something should be done about it. However, we do not know where that change is going to come from and we feel powerless in the light of the problems we see. Thinking about this makes us sad, thinking about this too much is a sure path towards despair and hopelessness.
We are starting Kent Food Hubs because we do not want to feel this way. We are starting Kent Food Hubs because we do not want other people to feel this way either. As a matter of fact, we want to feel the opposite way and we want people in Kent to be able to feel the opposite way as well.
How much better could life be if we did not have to worry about where our food comes from now and where it is going to come from in future?
How much better could life be if the money we spend on our shopping went to improve lives for people in Kent and not bloat the profits of some organisations that might never pay the taxes they should be paying?
How much better could life be if we could tell our families and children that the wildlife we are blessed with in Kent is going to become more diverse rather than become extinct?
How much better could life be if the food we were eating made us healthier rather than sick (think diabetes or obesity)?
We are starting Kent Food Hubs to make it much easier for people in Kent to do themselves and their families some good. We are making it much easier for everyone in Kent to support their local economy. We are making it much easier for everyone in Kent to do right by the environment we depend on for our own survival. We are making it much easier for everyone in Kent to spend their money in a way that feels positive rather than a weekly chore at the supermarket.