Mapping responses to risk of rising food insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis across the UK

The Food Vulnerability During Covid-19 Phase One Report from the University of Sheffield and King’s College London maps out the responses to mitigate the risks of rising food insecurity during the early phase of the Covid-19 crisis across the UK. It highlights the vast scale of work done across governments, the third sector and the food industry to enhance food access for vulnerable people and the impact of these interventions. 

The main findings were: 

1) Responses to food insecurity have been on a scale and of a complexity not seen in recent times in the UK 

2) Whilst there have been major initiatives for people across the UK (e.g. the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme), responses have varied across constituent countries 

3) To fully understand responses to threats to household food security, systems mapping must be done at the local level 

4) Different population groups have faced intersecting risks of compromised financial and physical access to food. 

The next phase of the national mapping and monitoring work will involve exploring questions of how interventions worked in practice (what was actually delivered, how it was delivered and what was its impact) to learn key lessons from the response. 

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