Beyond the Food Bank London Food Poverty Profile 2017

Beyond the Food Bank 2017 is the third 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. 

Food Poverty
2017 - 24pp

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Recommendations for action 

Which councils are leading the way in tackling food poverty? 

London food poverty in numbers  

Actions London councils are taking to combat food poverty:

  • Develop and implement a food poverty action plan 
  • Increase the uptake of Healthy Start vouchers  
  • Promote breastfeeding to boost the health of infants and mothers  
  • Protect children’s centres and maximise their value 
  • Ensure low-income families have good access to childcare 
  • Secure children’s access to food 365 days a year 
  • Ensure all residents have physical access to good food 
  • Support and enhance meals on wheels provision 
  • Become a London Living Wage employer and promote the London Living Wage 
  • Set low minimum payments for residents qualifying for Council Tax Reduction 

Into action: tips from the councils 


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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