Children's Right2Food

Children's Right2Food is a nationwide initiative to ensure every child in the UK can access and afford good food.

Children's Right2Food

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.

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They delivered their Right2Food Charter to

10 Downing Street

with Dame Emma Thompson who is also supporting their advocacy.

Rashford and Ambassadors

Since then, they have joined forces with

Marcus Rashford’s

#EndChildFoodpoverty 

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.

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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.

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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

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.

Dev
Dev, 16, Leicester
Young Food Ambassador
As well as being a Young Food Ambassador, Dev is Chair of the Leicester Young City Council and recently won the Diana award for his food poverty activism. Dev often speaks out on holiday hunger and Free School Meals himself. He feels strongly about the influence that junk food advertising on young people.
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Saffron, 16, Portsmouth
Young Food Ambassador
Saffron speaks out about the struggles of autistic young people with food and particularly the impact of food insecurity on children on the spectrum. Saffron feels strongly about families paying too much for unhealthy food and wants healthy food to be cheaper to access.
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tia
Tia, 18, Darwen
Young Food Ambassador
Tia was on Free School Meals her whole school life and has herself experienced the stigma that comes attached to not having enough to eat. She speaks passionately about tackling the misunderstanding attached to food poverty and the misassumptions made about low-income families.
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Felix, 16, Norwich
Young Food Ambassador
Felix comes from a family of nine and knows how feeding a large family healthily can be a challenge. He campaigns about the impact of food security for larger families living in rural areas as well as issues like bullying related to childhood weight and obesity.
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asha
Asha, 14, Cumbria
Young Food Ambassador
Asha understands the need for more support for low income single-parent families at risk of food poverty and campaigns passionately about the lifeline provided by Free School Meals, and the need for schools to be “poverty proofed” – e.g. for free water to be available for all children at schools.
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Jani, 19, Huddersfield
Young Food Ambassador
Jani has grown up in a single-parent home and has felt the brunt of a diet based on cheaper processed foods like pizzas and little to no fruit and vegetables. She speaks out about hunger affecting young people’s concentration at school and preventing them from achieving their goals, like playing sport, due to lack of energy.
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rabiya
Rabiya, 19, Huddersfield
Young Food Ambassador
From her own experience, Rabiya talks about the problem of hunger affecting school children’s concentration, behaviour and self-confidence. She doesn’t shy away from issues not usually talked about – like how food poverty is a taboo subject in BAME communities.
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malachai
Malachai, 12, London
Young Food Ambassador
Malachai is one of the youngest Young Food Ambassadors. As his mother is not working full time because she is studying for a university degree, Malachai benefits from Free School Meals and feels strongly about the misunderstanding and stigma attached to Free School Meal recipients.
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anna
Anna, 20, Northern Ireland
Young Food Ambassador
Anna works at a holiday club near Belfast and has witnessed holiday hunger, with young children coming to the club with empty lunch boxes. She speaks out strongly on the need for all-year-round holiday provision and the risk of holiday hunger without it. 
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robyn
Robyn, 18, Darwen
Young Food Ambassador
Robyn saw at school and college that lunches aren’t always the best quality and often lacked variety, showing a need for better monitoring to deliver better standards. She advocates for shifting the balance so healthier food is not more expensive or harder to find than unhealthy food.
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Jacob, 16, Glasgow
Young Food Ambassador
Jacob has been involved in lots of exciting campaiging activity over the last 2 years – he’s contributed his own experience to the #endchildfoodpoverty campaign spearheaded by Marcus Rashford, written co-signed letters to Ministers and recently met with the Scottish Government to discuss his views on holiday provision and Universal Free School Meals in Scotland. He’s looking forward to talking to you about why youth voice matters in changing food and diets for young people.
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beth
Beth, 16, Wales
Young Food Ambassador
Beth is a determined young campaigner focusing on delivering the Charter goals in her home in Wales and making sure children have equal access to good diets across the UK. She is a strong believer that food poverty is an issue that a highly developed country like the UK should not have to face and wants the Government to listen to young people to bring about change.
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ryan
Ryan, 20, Glasgow
Young Food Ambassador
Ryan is a politically minded campaigner, acting as a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament and advocating for children in care. He is very strong speaking on the policy changes needed to protect children’s right to healthy and affordable food, and wants to make sure the good practice taking place in Scotland in relation to the monitoring of school food is adopted throughout the UK.
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debbie
Deborah, 14, London
Young Food Ambassador
Debbie wants to change the food environment for children in cities, which in more deprived areas often offers lots of cheap, unhealthy options and not enough fresh, healthy food that’s affordable for families.
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fayeth
Fayeth, 15, Wales
Young Food Ambassador
Fayeth is a young carer and her mum and her are both epileptic. She and her little sisters are all on Free School Meals and Fayeth volunteers at her local foodbank. Fayeth speaks about food insecurity in the context of health vulnerability, and would like to see all children across all UK nations have equal access to food.
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Patryk, 16, Portadown
Young Food Ambassador
Patryk attends a holiday club near Belfast which has been providing food parcels out of term time. He has witnessed holiday hunger with young children coming to the club with empty lunch boxes. He speaks strongly on the need for all-year-round holiday provision and the risk of holiday hunger without it in Northern Ireland.
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Gianna, 15 Leicester
Young Food Ambassador
Gianna is on Free School Meals and studies nutrition at school, so is passionate about making sure all children both get enough food and that it is good quality. Gianna believes any remaining credit on Free School Meal cards should be rolled over and accumulated so children have more opportunity buy the more expensive, healthier options at the school canteen. 
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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

With thanks to our funders

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