Children’s ‘Future Food Inquiry’ into Food Insecurity
Launched on 21 November 2017, The Food Foundation is managing and administering the Children’s inquiry into Food Insecurity. The double burden of childhood hunger and obesity is cause for concern for policy makers. Lindsey Graham, independent child food poverty policy advisor, initiated this inquiry following the work of the Holiday Hunger Task Group from the School Food APPG led by Sharon Hodgson MP.
We are seeing a worrying rise in childhood obesity but also children increasingly being fed by food banks, especially during the school holidays. We know that the food being accessed by families on a low income is not always nutritionally balanced which can have a life time effect on a person’s health.
This inquiry will be run in four stages, including online debate and discussions, a literature review of available information on this issue as it stands now and evidence hearings. A task group will then produce recommendations following the depth of evidence and information gathered.
The inquiry has support from the following parliamentarians:
Ruth Smeeth MP, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Frank Field MP, Ian Lucas MP, Layla Moran MP, Jim Shannon MP, Heidi Allen MP, Steve Double MP, Dr Philippa Whitford MP, Lord David Watts, Bishop Butler of Durham, Lord Kennedy and Bishop Thornton of Truro.