Beyond the Food Bank is London’s first comprehensive food poverty profile. The new report from Sustain’s London Food Link looks at what local authorities are doing to help the most vulnerable access good food.
The report focuses on initiatives that help put more money in the pockets of those in need (healthy start vouchers, breastfeeding, living wage, free school meals, along with breakfast clubs and holiday meal provision), and those that help provide access to affordable, healthy food (improving physical access and supporting meals on wheels).
The report exposes significant gaps in the safety net, which contribute to high rates of food poverty among vulnerable Londoners:
This report shows what local authorities can do, and in some cases are already doing to close these gaps. Alleviating long term food poverty requires action to reduce inequality, preserve a strong safety net and build resilient communities where good food is available to all.
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