Great Britain: Child food poverty inquiry calls for watchdog

05 June 2019

An inquiry into childhood food poverty has called for an independent children’s food watchdog to be established in the UK to lead change.

The Children’s Future Food Inquiry’s final report demands urgent political action on child food insecurity, which affects an estimated 2.5 million children, and a #Right2Food Charter that presents the recommendations of the inquiry’s young Food Ambassadors.

The charter’s aims include extending the entitlement of free school meals and ensuring more families benefit from the fruit and vegetable vouchers provided by Healthy Start.

Anna Taylor OBE, executive director of the Food Foundation, said: ‘Children living in poverty have told this inquiry directly that they don’t have enough to eat, and that the food their parents can afford is harming their health.

‘There are things we can do right now to make sure children have enough nutritious food.’

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