Our annual and allows us track what London councils are doing to improve household food insecurity.

This is London Food Link’s fourth Beyond the Food Bank: London Food Poverty Profile report. It tracks what London’s 33 councils are doing to improve household food security, which according to accepted definitions means helping residents to ‘feed themselves and their dependents adequately, healthily and without anxiety’.

Our report focuses on 10 policies that are within the influence and control of local councils, which if acted on will improve health and reduce inequality across the capital. Data for the report has been collected via a questionnaire which assesses the level of activity by boroughs on each of these measures. 23 councils responded to our questionnaire.

This year the report makes two major changes to its top line measures. The first combines the two measures on childcare provision and children’s centres into one measure. The second expands on the measure previously dedicated to 365 days food provision for children to make a clearer distinction between children accessing food during term time, and outside school when many face holiday hunger.

Beyond the Food Bank is produced by The Food Poverty Campaign

The Food Poverty Campaign is a London Food Link project. London Food Link is the umbrella for all of Sustain's initiatives in London. Our work includes helping to influence local government policy, hands-on food growing training, running sessions for public sector caterers, creating guidance for independent eateries and food producers, public awareness campaigns, and joining the dots between people around specific food issues. The Beyond the Food Bank report is conducted with funding form Trust For London.

 

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