A 14-Year-Old Girl Drew A Superb Manga Cartoon About Using A Food Bank

Becky is the most impressive teen you’ll meet today.

1. This is Becky, 14, from Hull.

Channel 4

Channel 4


Channel 4’s documentary Breadline Kids, which will air on Monday, asked three children to tell them what it feels like when the cupboards are sometimes bare. Becky’s family had just £1.20 per person per day to spend on food.

“I want to break the cycle, I want to make sure I have a decent future for myself and my own family. I wanted to be a manga understudy. Help illustrate stuff. I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. It can be a release. I mean you can draw your emotions on a sheet of paper, sometimes you can’t write them down, you can’t speak them but you can definitely draw them,” she said.

2. So the show put her in touch with Chie Kutsuwada, a leading Manga artist, to draw her own story about food banks, poverty and her dreams of the future.

Channel 4

3. This was the result.

4. Becky tells BuzzFeed:

Using the foodbank felt a little bit (really) embarrassing, but when my mother came home with a huge gigantic smile on her face, it felt a little less daunting. After going to the food back we’ve made a couple of new friends and I’m very grateful for what we have.

I was really on edge with the idea, I didn’t want to be fixed with the label ”poor person”, as a couple more stereotypes are thrown in with that — like poor personal hygene, and that’s something I take pride in.

Working with the amazing Chie Kutsuwada was one of the most awe-inspiring things I’ve ever took part in, we had plenty of lovely conversations and the panels were all out successful. I learned a lot of new things and I can’t wait to see my own progress!

It’s only been a short bit of time since my experiences in London, so I can’t really say anything has changed. My mum seems brighter than usual and I hope she keeps it up, I love this new feeling, and I remain just as optimistic as ever!

5. You can watch Becky’s story here.

And see more on Channel 4 this Monday, 7.35 p.m.

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Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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