Beyond the Food Bank: London Food Poverty Profile 2016

Beyond the Food Bank 2016 is the second edition of London’s comprehensive food poverty profile. The report looks at what local authorities are doing to reduce food poverty across a range of measures. 

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2016 - 32pp

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Key statistics    
Which boroughs are leading the way in tackling food poverty in their areas?    
Recommendations for action    
About this report    
Actions London boroughs are taking to reduce food poverty    

  • Increase the uptake of Healthy Start vouchers    
  • Promote breastfeeding to boost the health of infants and mothers    
  • Harness the value of children’s centres    
  • Ensure low-income families have adequate access to childcare    
  • Ensure children’s access to food 365 days a year    
  • Become a London Living Wage employer and promote the London Living Wage    
  • Ensure all residents have physical access to good food    
  • Support and enhance meals on wheels provision    
  • Develop an action plan to tackle food poverty    
  • Support financial advice services    

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Update January 2017

The data in the report is provided by boroughs themselves. The draft report is then sent to boroughs and other partner organisation and experts to check prior to publication. Since publication of the report, boroughs have provided the following updates:

  • Universal school meals for all primary school children are provided in four boroughs. These are Islington, Lambeth, Newham and Tower Hamlets.
  • The City of London is taking at least 3 significant actions to improve physical access to good food.

Subject to submissions to our 2017 survey of boroughs, this information will be included in the 2017 Beyond the Food Bank report which will be published in autumn 2017.


Over 8 million people in the UK struggle to get enough to eat. Sustain is working with communities, third-sector organisations, local authorities and government, aiming to make sure everyone can eat well.


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