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Food Foundation Covid-19 food insecurity WEBINAR SERIES

Webinar 1 – Food access and Covid-19 – latest evidence from Food Foundation’s YouGov poll

14 April 2020, chaired by Anna Taylor, Executive Director, Food Foundation

The recording of the webinar can be found HERE and the slide deck HERE. Also, Dr Rachel Loopstra from King’s College London has done an in-depth analysis of the figures in this preliminary report.

 

Webinar 2 – Supporting Children’s Rights to Free School Meals during the Covid-19 Emergency

23 April 2020

Hear what local authorities are doing in different locations to support children, get an update about the new government voucher scheme and learn about what protections are in place for school food caterers. Speakers include:
• Louise Nichols, Executive Headteacher of Leap Federation, Hackney to talk about using the school meal service to feed the community
• Rupert Bazeley-White, Operations Manager, HC3S Hampshire, on caterers working in partnership with the local authority and schools during school closures
• Jenny Rosborough, Nutritionist to talk about buying and preparing healthy food on £15 per week
• Andy Hudson, Pupil Premium and School Food Division, Department for Education, on the national free school meal voucher scheme (for England) and the PPN 02/20 supporting catering services at risk due to C-19

You can now access the full recording to the webinar, including all the questions asked on chat at this link.

 

Webinar 3 – Food insecurity in households with children during Covid-19 lockdown

5 May 2020, chaired by Anna Taylor, Executive Director, Food Foundation

The Food Foundation present findings from their latest survey results on the food experiences of UK households with children during the five weeks of Covid-19 lockdown. Speakers include:
– Dr Rachel Loopstra, Lecturer in Nutrition at King’s College
– Sabine Goodwin, Coordinator of Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN)
– Helen Barnard, Acting Director of Joseph Rowntree Foundation

You can now access the full recording to the webinar here.

You can review our data visualisations presented during the webinar and policy recommendations here.

 

Webinar 4 – Return to school: catering for children in a crisis

22 May 2020

As we prepare for pupils returning to school many are asking:
– What does the future hold for school meals?
– For those 1.3 million children in England who are eligible for Free School Meals:
– How can we move from the current national voucher system to a better catered solution?

Hear imaginative ideas on how best to cater for pupils, and particularly those most vulnerable children, when returning to school and best practice and learnings from those already working to provide nutritious meals for children during the Covid-19 school closure.Speakers include:

– Jeanette Orrey MBE (Co-Founder Food for Life and Co-Chair of School Food Plan Alliance) with Myles Bremner
– Paul Jackson (Headteacher of Manorfield Primary School, Tower Hamlets)
– Mark Davies (Managing Director ISS World Food Services)
– Claire Gray (Health Improvement Practitioner, Public Health, Oxfordshire County Council)
– Amanda Whately (Business Development Manager, HC3S Catering)

This webinar is a collaboration by Food Foundation, School Food Matters, Chefs in Schools with support from Sustain and Soil Association.

And a special thank you to Stephanie Wood for chairing. You can listen to the webinar here and you can find the slides here. 

 

Webinar 5 – Findings on Food Access and Covid-19: How has the story changed?

27 May 2020, chaired by Anna Taylor, Executive Director, Food Foundation

The Food Foundation’s latest findings from its fourth YouGov polling since lockdown exploring our most recent data to analyse the changing picture on food insecurity between now and the start of lockdown, examining which groups are most at risk and whether those in need have access to the support they need. Speakers include:
– Dr Rachel Loopstra, Lecturer in Nutrition at King’s College
– Sharon Goodyer, Founder Our Kitchen Thanet
– Jehangir Malik, Programme Director, British Red Cross

You can now access the full recording to the webinar here.

You can review our data visualisations presented during the webinar here.


Webinar 6 – Emerging practices from the devolved nations: supporting Free School Meal pupils and food aid community responses to Covid-19

Friday 5 June, 2.00-3.30pm
Hear about unique approaches adopted in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to support pupils eligible for Free School Meals during Covid-19; emerging food aid community responses and how they have proved effective in responding to the crisis in each respective nation.

Speakers:
• Jayne Jones, Commercial Manager, Argyll and Bute Council, Scotland: speaking on rural delivery of food aid and Free School Meals @ArgyllButeFood

• Mark Hunter, Service Manager Food & Catering, East Ayrshire Council, Scotland: speaking on an innovative local authority approach to food aid during Covid-19 including the use of surplus food @EastAyrshire

• Professor John McKendrick, Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit at Glasgow Caledonian University: speaking on Poverty and Inequality Commission Scotland’s research on community group responses to food aid @jmke_gcu

• Janet McAlister, Catering Manager, Education Authority in Northern Ireland: speaking on the process of direct payments for Free School Meals and other initiatives in Northern Ireland @Ed_Authority

• Gareth Thomas, Food in Schools Coordinator, Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), speaking on: an overview of free school meal provisions in Wales and considerations for future practices @WelshLGA

• Judith Gregory, Senior Client Officer, Education Catering at Cardiff Council and LACA Wales Regional Chair: speaking on a Welsh urban approach to Free School Meals @Cardiffschmeals

Chaired by: Lindsay Graham, Poverty and Inequality Commissioner @LindsayGrahamUK

Comment from: Anna Taylor, Executive Director, Food Foundation @Food_Foundation

The full recording of the webinar is available here and the slides are here.