Beyond the Food Bank 2019 is the fifth 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.
- Recommendations for action
- Which London boroughs are leading the way in tackling food poverty in their area?
- 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
- Support, protect and promote breastfeeding to boost the health of infants and mothers
- Provide high quality affordable childcare and maximise the value of children’s centres
- Improve the implementation and uptake of free school meals and support breakfast clubs
- Secure children’s access to food during the holidays
- 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
Recommendations for action
We recommend that councils continue or take on these actions to develop a local response to food poverty and the factors that drive it.
- Have a comprehensive plan to reduce food poverty which would include these subsequent recommendations.
- Have a designated Healthy Start coordinator and an integrated programme of activities to increase local uptake rate.
- Boost breastfeeding by working towards full Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation.
- Provide high quality affordable childcare and maximise the value of children’s centres.
- Improve the implementation and increase uptake of free school meals and support breakfast clubs.
- Ensure that all children have access to nutritious food during the school holidays.
- Lead on activities to improve physical access to good food by working with planners, retailers and caterers.
- Reinvigorate provision of meals on wheels, developing a ‘more than the meal’ approach.
- Become an accredited London Living Wage employer and contractor, champion the London Living Wage with local employers and become a Friendly Funder.
- Minimise the burden of Council Tax payments for residents on low income.
Beyond the Food Bank: London Food Poverty Profile 2019
24pp - 2019 | 2922Kb
Published 23 Oct 2019
Food Poverty: 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.