Step Up to the Plate

Towards a UK Food and Poverty Strategy

In this report we call for a cross-departmental government-led Food and Poverty strategy to address the underlying causes of household food insecurity in the UK, and its impact on the nation’s health and wellbeing, educational attainment and general welfare.

We are asking the government to take five key steps:

  1. Appoint a minister or department charged with responsibility for coordinating a policy response across Government.
  2. Measure household food insecurity each year.
  3. Free people from the threat of food insecurity.
  4. Listen to people with first-hand experience of hunger and use their experiences, as well as informed research, as the basis for policy.
  5. Lead the way in ending hunger and household food insecurity.

The report was produced jointly with Dr Hannah Lambie-Mumford at the University of Sheffield. The publication was made possible by further Economic and Social Research Council funding awarded as part of Hannah’s 2014 Outstanding Early Career Impact award.

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