The possibility of the UK crashing out of the EU with ‘no deal’ has raised the spectre of potential food shortages. Sustain comments, urging a fair, measured and well-planned approach to avoid unnecessary food disruption and anxiety, particularly for the 8.4 million people in the UK already living with food insecurity.
Sustain is pleased that the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England touches on food production and access to healthier food.
Sustain and the National Association of Care Caterers (NACC) are raising awareness about the potential Meals on Wheels services have to combat malnutrition, food poverty and social isolation in older people, as well as other wider benefits such as preventative support and local employment or volunteering opportunities.
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Food Power works with a network of approximately 50 alliances or networks developing preventative and long-term responses to food poverty. The programme includes a particular focus on involving experts by experience at a strategic level. In this series of three interviews, some of those involved in the programme explore what this means for them.
The End Hunger UK coalition have launched a petition today calling on the Prime Minister to fix universal credit.
People taking action to tackle food poverty from across the UK shared their experiences at the first Food Power conference. Simon Shaw, Food Power Programme Coordinator, provides a summary of discussions.
Food Cardiff launched its Five Year Food Security Plan at the Food Power conference networking event on 26 June 2018.
Twenty young people from Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio, Blackburn Central High School & St Thomas’s participated in the Future Food Inquiry. The group included young people working with Food Power
Brighton and Hove’s holistic approach to tackling food poverty is being hailed as an inspiration to other towns and cities across the UK as a detailed report shows an impressive 93% progress rate for its Food Poverty Action Plan.
On 27 June at Cardiff City Hall, Food Power will host a conference on how local food networks can tackle the root causes of food poverty.
Oxfam goes ‘Behind the Barcodes’ to expose the working conditions of the people producing the food on our supermarket shelves.
Sustain member FareShare launches its ActiveAte campaign to provide meals for children at risk of food poverty this summer.
7 vegetable stalls have been successfully set up in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in schools and Children’s Centres.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Infant Feeding and Inequalities has launched an inquiry on the costs of infant formula to families in the UK and the impact that the choice of infant formula, and the purchase of infant formula is having on the health, well-being and financial situation of families.
Today the Scottish Food Coalition released a report on their Kitchen Table talks and launched a call for action
Ben Pearson, Food Power's Empowerment Programme Officer, co-facilitated a session with two young people to help participants explore a variety of sustainable and effective approaches to working with people who have a live experience of food poverty.
New analysis from the Food and You survey shows more detailed picture of food in Wales, with 9% in the country experiencing low food security
The UK’s first Food and Poverty conference was recently held at King’s College and the new ENUF network has been launched for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners with an interest in food poverty.
The number of three day food supplies given out in the UK rose 13% from 2017-2018, more than double the growth from the previous period. Sustain urges more action ‘beyond the food bank’ in response.
A parliamentary report into the impact of Brexit on the processed food and drink sector has found that a no EU deal scenario would be disastrous for UK exports and should be avoided.
The proposed revisions to the planning policy framework for England are open for consultation. But are the proposals a missed opportunity for a more sustainable food system?
The End Hunger UK campaign, along with the Poetry Society and the Young poets network are inviting young people to enter their poetry challenge.
The Global Food Crisis Report shows rise in the amount of people starving. The areas most in need are north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen and South Sudan, where nearly 32 million people were food-insecure and in need of urgent assistance.
Applications are open until 18 April for projects in England that will benefit disadvantaged families during the 2018 summer holidays.
Since launching the new programme seven months ago, Food Power is proud to have awarded funding to support alliances tackling the root causes of food poverty from Belfast to Brighton.
The House of Lords has passed a motion regretting proposed Government changes in eligibility rules for Free School Meals under Universal Credit, and called for a full poverty impact assessment before anything is implemented.
End Hunger UK are organising a series of regional events for people to learn more about their campaign and how to get involved.
The second reading of Emma Lewell Buck MP's household food insecurity measurement bill has been postponed to October due to time constraints.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies has issued a new report today which shows that if we choose to abolish all tariffs on products, inlcuding food, entering the UK when we exit the EU this “would have only a limited impact on the cost of living of the average household.”
9 in 10 members of the Children's Food Campaign Parents' Jury members say they support Free School Meals for all school-age children living in households in poverty, as Parliament is set for crucial debate.
Objections have been raised in both Houses of Parliament to the Government's plan to introduce a net earnings threshold of £7400 for eligibility for Free School Meals under Universal Credit, triggering renewed calls to extend provision to include all children in poverty.
North Lanarkshire Council is planning to provide free meals to low income families 365 days a year. This is part of efforts to tackle 'holiday hunger'. The council will pilot the initiative over the Easter holidays and could then extend into the summer holidays.
The Government has announced it will introduce an earnings threshold for eligibility for Free School Meals under Universal Credit, restricting eligibility to families with net earning below £7,400.
The second reading of Emma Lewell Buck MP's household food insecurity measurement bill has been postponed due to time constraints.
Sustain and our Capital Growth network are listed in SHARECITY’s new directory of 200 active initiatives in the capital.
Last week Sustain submitted evidence to the Trade Bill Committee in Parliament. In it we argued that cheap food imports are a risk to our health and to 3.9m jobs in the UK's food and farming industries.
Over two days together in Manchester, peer mentors took part in an induction focused on learning about each other’s alliances, exploring how the roles will work in each area and co-producing tools to monitor shared learning and impact along with our evaluation partner Cardiff University.
Trussell Trust have released a report today that publishes the findings of their research into disability and health conditions at foodbanks in the UK
Simon Shaw reflects on progress addressing food poverty in the capital and the lessons that can be shared more widely. Our collaborative work in London provides further evidence that committed individuals and organisations can make a real difference to the lives of local people by working together.
Calls grow for Government measure of ‘hidden hunger’ as YouGov survey commissioned by End Hunger UK members, including Sustain, reveals shocking figures that help shed a light on the extent of hidden hunger in the UK.
Nourish Scotland and the Poverty Truth Commission have released a report that aims to be a practical resource to help projects think about what dignity looks like in practice and how this can be achieved.
A new report Step up to the Plate: Towards a UK food and poverty strategy was launched this week at a roundtable event in Portcullis House hosted by Kate Green MP and Kevin Holindrake MP. This report highlights some of the key issues surrounding the lack of food insecurity measurement, the growth of food charity, and the human right to food.
The second reading of Frank Fields MP’s School Holidays (Meals and Provisions) Bill has prompted a response from government.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger’s new inquiry report on hidden hunger and malnutrition and older people provides an update on the extent of and drivers for malnutrition among older people and sets out recommendations for government, councils, care providers and third sector organisations.
After successfully passing its first reading in November 2017, Emma Lewell-Buck MP’s Household Food Insecurity Bill will have its second reading on Friday 2 February 2018. There is still time to ask your MP to support this bill either by submiting an e-action or by calling your MP’s office.
There is still time to contact your MP to ask them to support Frank Field’s Holiday Hunger Bill before its second reading on Friday 19th of January. The End Hunger UK campaign have created a template message that can be used to contact your MP.
The London School of Economics is holding an event on sustainable food as part of their Beveridge 2.0 Festival. The discussions are aiming to rethink the welfare state for the 21st century.
Local food poverty alliances that are members of the programme can apply for up to £5,000 for projects that aim to help increase incomes and reduce costs for people experiencing, or at risk of, food poverty.
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Better Hospital Food
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Food and Farming Policy
Food co-ops toolkit
Good Food For London
London Food Link
Planning Food Cities
Real Bread Campaign
Roots to work
Save Our Antibiotics
Sugar Smart UK
Sustainable Fish Cities
Sustainable Food Cities
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