Children's Right2Food is a nationwide initiative to ensure every child in the UK can access and afford good food. Led by a team of Young Food Ambassadors across the UK, the campaign calls for government action to tackle children’s food insecurity and childhood obesity caused by inequalities.
Our story so far
It all began when the Young Food Ambassadors came together to launch their very own Right2Food Charter, calling on Government to listen to their stories and those of millions of other young people across the UK who were living with increased levels of hunger and food poverty.
They delivered their Right2Food Charter to
10 Downing Street
with Dame Emma Thompson who is also supporting their advocacy.
Since then, they have joined forces with
campaign to make sure no child in the UK goes hungry.
Children's Future Food Inquiry
Our campaign was shaped by the findings of the Children’s Future Food Inquiry – a year-long Inquiry into children’s food.
The Children’s Future Food Inquiry was launched in 2018 as the first attempt to speak directly and systematically to children, young people and those who live and work with them about children’s experience of food and how it affects their lives.
The Inquiry was spearheaded by a cross-party parliamentary committee and led by partners in each of the devolved nations: Food Sense Wales, Children in Wales, Children in Scotland and Children in Northern Ireland.
What are we campaigning for?
Children’s Right2Food Commission
to monitor and improve children’s food
A nutritious start in life for
– including expanding the
Healthy Start Scheme
A healthy lunch every day – making sure all children have
Free School Meals
that need them
Stop the stigma
- take steps to make sure no child feels humiliated by hunger
Put health before profits
- businesses and government must help make the
healthiest options the easiest
Children’s Right2Food Charter
Our Children's Right2Food Charter sets our an evidence-led road map to tackle children's food insecurity and inequalities in obesity and protect every child's right to food. We have worked with our Young Food Ambassadors on the recommendations in the Charter which reflect their lived experience of children's food.
The 2020 Children’s Right2Food Charter has been updated in light of the problems exacerbated by the Covid-19 lockdown, and provides an evidence-based road map for the government to ensure that every children has access to a healthy diet.
“The UK is the sixth richest economy in the world -
there is absolutely no need for any child to go hungry.
The fact that they are and in increasing numbers suggests cracks in a broken food system that can and must be repaired as a matter of the utmost urgency. Apart from the moral duty we owe to children, this is a severe public health problem.”
Emma Thompson, Ambassador for Children’s Right2Food
Why is change needed?
2.5 million children
live in food insecure households across the UK.
These levels are approximately 27% higher than before Covid.
Nearly half of food insecure families with children
do not qualify for Free School Meals
because the income threshold is set too low
secondary schools are non-compliant with School Food Standards
8-17-year-olds and their families have visited a food bank last Christmas holidays.
1 in 5 children
start school living with overweight or obesity
Meet our Young Food Ambassadors
Meet the Young Food Ambassadors who have been campaigning for Government to act to stop child food poverty and give every child access to a healthy and affordable diet.
Support our campaign!
We are calling on MPs to prioritise three key asks from our Charter this autumn. Support our campaign by writing to your MP now! #WriteNow