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An independent children’s food watchdog is needed to help tackle child food insecurity in the UK, according to a report. Young people are joining actor and Children’s Future Food Inquiry ambassador Dame Emma Thompson at the Westminster launch of the inquiry’s final report, which calls for urgent political action on child food insecurity.

An estimated one in three – or 4.1 million – children live in poverty in the UK, with an estimated 2.5 million living in “food insecure” households.

“Children are falling through the safety net, and families are having to rely upon charities and service providers for things such as breakfast clubs, holiday provision and food banks.”

Sharon Hodgson, Children’s Future Food Inquiry

The Children’s Future Food Inquiry has spent 12 months investigating children’s food insecurity across the UK, and the project’s final report compiles the experiences of hundreds of young people, academics and experts.

Inquiry co-chairwoman Sharon Hodgson said: “Children are falling through the safety net, and families are having to rely upon charities and service providers for things such as breakfast clubs, holiday provision and food banks.

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source: ITV News
published: 25 April 2019