COVID-19 HAS INCREASED THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN LONDON AT RISK OF ‘FOOD INSECURITY’ – THIS MEANS THAT THEY CANNOT GUARANTEE SUFFICIENT QUALITY OR QUANTITY OF FOOD. IN 2019, THE GREATER LONDON AUTHORITY ESTIMATED THAT 400,000 CHILDREN AGED 16 OR UNDER WERE IN FOOD INSECURITY.
OF THESE, ONLY 196,000 WILL QUALIFY FOR THE NEW GOVERNMENT FOOD VOUCHER SCHEME DURING THE PANDEMIC, MEANING AT LEAST 200,000 MAY GO HUNGRY. THIS FIGURE IS LIKELY TO BE HIGHER DUE TO RISING UNEMPLOYMENT AND LOSS OF SELF-EMPLOYMENT INCOME.
In partnership with Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, we’ve brought together leaders from across the industry to discuss ways in which we can tackle food insecurity and champion children’s right to food.
Over the next few weeks, our Digital Digest series will bring you thoughts and opinions from experts in their fields and webinars discussing some of the key food issues we’re facing right now.