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.
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