Edwina Prayogo from University College London has looked into what is driving hunger of those seeking advice services, legal services and foodbanks. One of the findings of the research was that 3 in 4 of those receiving advice were food insecure – but only 10% use foodbanks. The increased use of foodbanks is only the tip of the iceberg of hunger- which is why Edwina supports End Hunger’s campaign for measurement of food insecurity. In this blog originally for the Trussell Trust, Prayogo takes us through her research.
The British government signed up to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in 2015.The SDGs were an aspiration for all countries though their main focus was on fighting poverty in the developing world, the UNs work on the impact of poverty in developed countries has been illuminating. Geoff Tansey, who chaired the Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty, writes on how the UN’s reporting on our own progress against SDGs exposes our need to measure food insecurity in this country.
For some families summer holidays mean worrying about the extra expence of kids being at home and no longer having access to free school meals. End Hunger believe that children are entitled to good nutrition 365 days a year. Emily Mann from Northubria University’s Healthy Living Lab explains why she has launched a survey about local Holiday Hunger provision in order to improve the chances of changing policy around the issue of holiday hunger. (more…)
This June’s UNICEF report should have shocked Britain into action. Britain has the highest level of children brought up in severe food poverty in Europe. Robin Hinks works for the Food Foundation an independent think tank on food issues who have long called for regular measurement of levels of food insecurity in the UK and takes us through the figures in this report.
Dr Elisabeth Garratt from the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College – University of Oxford, blogs about why the government should be measuring food insecurity. (more…)
Food justice expert Geoff Tansey says we need to persuade our Government to take ending hunger and household food insecurity as seriously as Olympic golds.