400,000 children in London experience food insecurity
As part of the London Food Strategy, the Mayor of London committed to measure the number of Londoners who struggle to afford or access enough food.
The recently published Survey on Londoners, shows that 1.5 million adults and 400,000 children have low or very low food security. The majority of those experiencing food insecurity are in work. London is ranked amongst world’s wealthiest cities yet children in the City are going hungry. Lack of nutritious food impacts growth, confidence and children’s ability to learn.
Initiatives must be created to tackle poverty and inequality in the city, which are the main drivers behind food insecurity. A commitment to measure food insecurity across London is just the first step. The Mayor has addressed the need for long-term solutions to overcome these social challenges in the London Food Strategy, and this survey now provides the evidence base needed to design strategy and support policy making.
To find out more, read the press release here.
In other news ...
Children from our member school, John Ruskin Primary, were treated to a masterclass in gnocchi making today with Italian chef Vicky Veltry.
What a sad day when NGOs have to take legal action in order to ensure that children are well fed during the summer holidays.
Our Breakfast Box project launched last week and so far, over 2,000 children across Lambeth and Southwark have received one of our breakfast boxes, filled with two weeks’ worth of nutritious breakfast foods.