Improving Children's Diets

We work to ensure all children have access to a healthy and nutritious diet.

About this Pillar

 

Why we want this

We know how important diet is to set children on a path of good health essential for their development and wellbeing. However, far too many children don’t get the diets they need, and lower-income households are disproportionately impacted. Evidence shows young people in the UK are eating too much saturated fat, sugars and salt and too little fibre, fruit and veg. Conditions such as diabetes and obesity are increasingly affecting children – diseases normally associated with adult life. Healthier foods are often not affordable for families on low incomes, and households with children are at higher risk of food insecurity than the general population.

We are seeking to ensure every child across the UK can access and afford a healthy diet, and that the policy landscape and food system support all children to eat well. We do this by working with young people directly as well as civil society, academia, policy makers and businesses to drive improvements in children’s food policy and practice across the UK, informed by evidence and lived experience.

What we are asking

At a national level, we want to see the adoption of a range of policy and business recommendations to ensure that pregnant women, infants and school children have access to a healthy diet, with a focus on supporting the most underprivileged to eat well. We want to ensure that the experiences and perspectives of children and young people who are faced with food inequalities in their daily lives are reflected in policy thinking and decision-making.

How we are helping

We support policy-making by generating robust data and evidence on children’s food security, and advocating for improvements to Government structures that support children across the UK to eat well.

Our Young Food Ambassadors campaign for Government action to reduce children’s food insecurity and inequalities in childhood obesity, by working on our youth-led Children’s Right2Food campaign.

We collaborate with a wide range of civil society and business to make a case for change. We lead the End Child Food Poverty coalition, which advocates for improvements to children’s food programmes.

We work with young leaders from around the world to ensure that youth priorities for the food system are heard in our Act4Food Act4Change international work.

We are conducting an in-depth study on early years food and nutrition to identify what policy action is needed to improve obesity levels on entry to primary school.

We generate youth-led events to give young activists a platform for engaging with policy-makers and create impactful communications that are evidence-driven and profile real-life experiences of young people.

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Holiday Activities and Food Programme
Season 6, Ep. 2 This week, Beth, one of The Food Foundation's teenage ambassadors, takes us back to the heady days of summer when holiday activity programmes funded by the Government gave so many kids a chance to get at least one good meal a day. A host of parents, teachers and play scheme leaders explain why it's vital that the Holiday Activities and Food Programme continues to support families in need. 
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A Year of Children's Food 2020-2021
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Feeding Our Futures
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Valley Fest
Season 6, Ep. 1 Join Asha and the Food Foundation's young food advocates as they camp out for a weekend of growth, learning and creativity at Valley Fest in Somerset. As they develop their understanding of food system transformation and their advocacy and campaigning skills in a fun and engaging environment, they're inspired by business leaders, campaigners, politicians, and policy makers, as well as young food advocates, activists, artists and entrepreneurs.   
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New map shows where millions of UK residents struggle to access food
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Special - National Food Strategy Youth Consultation 2
Season 5, Ep. 2 The Food Foundation spoke to 426 young people across the country in September and October 2020 to find out their views and priorities for the future of food in Britain.   Twenty of those young people joined together on Zoom to dive deeper into food systems and refine their ideas and priorities. They then presented their policy proposals to invited decision makers. The report and their recommendations fed directly into the National Food Strategy. 
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Special - National Food Strategy Youth Consultation
Season 5, Ep. 1 The Food Foundation spoke to 426 young people across the country in September and October 2020 to find out their views and priorities for the future of food in Britain. Twenty of those young people joined together on Zoom to dive deeper into food systems and refine their ideas and priorities. They then presented their policy proposals to invited decision makers. The report and their recommendations fed directly into the National Food Strategy.
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New Kids Meals Map Launches Today to Support Marcus Rashford Campaign
NEW KIDS MEALS MAP LAUNCHES SHOWING WHO IS OFFERING FREE CHILDREN’S MEALS OVER HALF TERM 
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