Enfield Food Bank

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2013
Reference: 
2013/0591
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

I visited Enfield food bank to see what work is being done to ensure that people do not go hungry in my constituency. It is a great example of local people caring for others in their community who are in need. However, is it not scandalous that Londoners have to rely on food banks in order to survive? What measures are you taking to alleviate this situation?

Answer

Answer for Enfield Food Bank

Answer for Enfield Food Bank

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Foodbanks have a role to play in providing food for those in greatest need and we have supported similar initiatives through Team London. However, it is important that as few people as possible in London are hungry in the first place.

You will know that your London Assembly colleague Fiona Twycross AM recently undertook an investigation into food poverty and her recommendations will be with me soon. Rosie Boycott's London Food Board is also looking at food poverty too and Rosie is developing a number of projects to help people have greater access to healthy food.

To help children most at risk of going hungry I announced in January a new partnership between the Mayor's Fund for London and Magic Breakfast to feed 5,000 hungry children with free, healthy breakfasts in 50 schools in Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets.