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29 July 2020
Responding to Henry Dimbleby’s national food strategy, FareShare CEO, Lindsay Boswell, said: “In the midst of this period of turmoil we believe Britain desperately needs a National Food Strategy. Henry Dimbleby has spent time listening to and consulting with people across the length and breadth of the country, from food businesses to charities, to people from all backgrounds and walks of life. We hope the government will push ahead instating a National Food Strategy, the first we’ve seen since the Second World War.”
“Millions of children are at risk of hunger and malnutrition during the long summer break – as families struggle to meet the rising costs of food and childcare. To date, provision across the UK has been patchy, with many areas missing out. That’s why we very much welcome the report’s recommendation that the Holiday Activity and Food Programme is extended across all areas in England, so all children in receipt of free school meals can benefit. Last year FareShare supported 700 such projects, getting good quality healthy meals and snacks to more than 50,000 children and young people.
We also strongly support the recommendation to extend the Food to the Vulnerable Ministerial Task Force – to make sure those most at risk of hunger and malnutrition are not left behind now the immediate crisis is behind us. The pandemic has brought to light the problem of food insecurity in this country and we welcome any initiative that would lead to the proper measurement of food insecurity, and ensure we have the right policies in place to address it.”