As many as 28 London boroughs are letting school pupils go hungry during the holidays because they haven’t invested in services that tackle food poverty.
The fifth London Food Poverty Profile report, which measures food poverty-busting efforts in the capital each year, showed that work across the capital to sustain “vital lifelines” like holiday hunger provisions and meals-on-wheels has been poor in most areas.
Only five boroughs out of 33 funded holiday clubs and other services that plugged the gap left by the loss of free school dinners for low-income families during the holidays, while just six were supporting elderly and housebound people with meals on wheels services.
The report also measured each borough’s promotion of Healthy Start vouchers and the Unicef UK ‘s breastfeeding initiative, where there has been significant improvement.
Between April 2018 and March 2019 the Trussell Trust handed out 166,512 parcels in London, making the city the third highest in volume of emergency food received. Earlier research showed that nearly two million Londoners – around 400,000 under-16s – struggle to afford enough to eat.
The report was released by alliance for better food Sustain and the London Food Poverty Campaign (LFPC), backed by the Trust for London and Mayor of London.
Lailah Nesbitt-Ahmed, coordinator of the LFPC, said there have been “some improvements” in the approach to tackling food poverty, but that it remains a serious issue in the capital.
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