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NEW POLL DATA: MORE THAN FIVE MILLION PEOPLE IN HOUSEHOLDS WITH CHILDREN HAVE EXPERIENCED FOOD INSECURITY SINCE LOCKDOWN BEGAN

  • New data from the Food Foundation shows more than five million people living in households with children under 18 have experienced food insecurity after just a month of lockdown.

Have a look at our data visualisations here

  • Dame Emma Thompson, the Children’s Right2Food Campaign Ambassador, calls on government to protect and prioritise children. Read her piece in The Observer here.
  • Parents in the UK have been unable to shield more than two million children from food insecurity.
  • More than 200,000 children have had to skip meals because their family couldn’t access sufficient food during lockdown.
  • A million children have had less nutritious sustenance; eating low-cost, unbalanced meals because their parents have run out of food.
  • 8 million households with children in the UK report a loss of income.
  • Half a million children who normally rely on free school meals have received no substitutes at all since lockdown came into effect.
  • The number of households with children experiencing poverty and isolation-driven food insecurity has doubled since lockdown begun.
  • 17% of parents in NHS worker families have had smaller meals than usual or have had to skip meals, and 9% have not eaten for a whole day due to lack of access to food.
  • The Food Foundation is calling for:
    • The government to stop food insecurity driven by a lack of money by implementing an emergency income support scheme to ensure people can buy the food they need to stay healthy at home
    • The DWP to abolish the five-week wait for Universal Credit, and make child benefit a fortnightly payment (thereby doubling it) as well as removing the benefit cap.

Read about the survey and our policy recommendations in more detail, and take a look at the press release in full.

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