The Food Foundation is an independent think tank that tackles the growing challenges facing the UK’s food system through the interests of the UK public. We provide clear analysis of the problems caused by the food system and the role of policy and practice in addressing these. We develop and articulate food policies that support and guide the UK public to make choices that improve their health and well-being and we inform and generate demand for new and better public and private sector policy and practice.

The Food Foundation and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Food Foundation is working to lever support for the SDGs among the UK’s policy communities, and seeks a commitment for a new vision for food and nutrition security in the UK – a vision which brings together all relevant government departments and which transforms our food system to deliver healthy, affordable and sustainable diets for all.

This commitment should include a target package that improves the life chances of women and children in Britain most at risk of poor diets and food insecurity, including:

Annual government-led national measurement of adult and child food insecurity. This measurement programme should be aligned with the recommended Sustainable Development Goal indicator. This will give baseline data and ongoing monitoring of the extent of food insecurity in the UK. Annual measurement will enable more effective planning and use of resources.

A commitment to increase the uptake, support for and voucher value of the UK’s Healthy Start programme, which supports young and low-income pregnant women, and families with children under four years of age. It provides a nutritional safety net by providing free vitamins for pregnant and breastfeeding women and one to four year-olds, and food vouchers which can be spent on plain fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables, cows’ milk and infant formula.

The piloting of new approaches to holiday food provision for the UK’s most vulnerable children, to protect and improve child nutrition during the school holidays.

To find out more contact Robin Hinks 

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