The cross-party Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) select committee released a report calling on the Government to take food security more seriously, or risk serious public health consequences. The report called on the Government to revisit its response to the National Food Strategy, particularly on free school meals.
The report states that a fifth of UK households are struggling to get access to affordable healthy food, leading them to turn to unhealthy alternatives. Without action, this will contribute to making 40% of the population obese by 2025.
According to the Committee, the Government food strategy response fell short and “did not cover the topic at all or set out any actions to break the junk food cycle”.
The Sustainable Food Places programme submitted evidence from our network to the committee's inquiry last year which used by the Committee to evidence the insecurity of food donation supply chains and growing pressure on food air organisations.
SFP called on Government for practical interventions that put money in people’s pockets and nutritious food on plates, including committing to the National Food Strategy recommendations on Healthy Start vouchers, breakfast clubs and free school meals, extending the Household Support Fund and committing to the Real Living Wage to ensure more people don’t slip through the cracks into destitution. We also called on Government to follow the lead of devolved nations and champion local food strategies and partnerships at a national policy level.
The report including multiple recommendations for the Government which Sustainable Food Places fully supports:
The Government has two months to respond.
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