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200,000 children missing meals during Covid-19 lockdown

200,000 children have had to skip meals because their family could not access sufficient food during Covid-19 lockdown, according to new research from the Food Foundation.

Photo credit: One Mile Bakery

Photo credit: One Mile Bakery

The Food Foundation published a third poll on the impact of Covid-19 on the UK’s food system, which revealed that five million people in UK households with children have experienced food insecurity after just a month of lockdown.

The YouGov survey commissioned by the Food Foundation found that 2.4 million children are living in food insecure households, and that over 200,000 children have had to skip meals because their family couldn’t access sufficient food during lockdown

In response to the figures, Dame Emma Thompson, the Children’s Right2Food Campaign ambassador, called on the government to protect and prioritise children in a piece for The Observer. Also:

The Food Foundation will be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 5th May 2020, between 11.00-12.00, involving:

  • Anna Taylor, Executive Director of Food Foundation
  • Dr Rachel Loopstra, Lecturer in Nutrition at Kings College
  • Sabine Goodwin, Coordinator of Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN)
  • Helen Barnard, Acting Director of Joseph Rowntree Foundation

For anyone unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and made available on the Food Foundation’s website following the event.

Published Monday 4 May 2020

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