Food Poverty (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-09-11
Session date: 
September 11, 2013
Reference: 
2013/3294
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Following the publication of the London Food Board report, 'Child Hunger in London: Understanding Food Poverty in the Capital', what steps are you going to take to alleviate food poverty amongst children?

Answer

Answer for Food Poverty (2)

Answer for Food Poverty (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Written response from the Mayor Alleviating the effects of food poverty upon London's children is a key priority for the Food Board and the Mayor's Fund for London. In addition to existing work, such as that on supporting breakfast clubs, initiatives being planned include inviting London boroughs to apply for flagship status to help improve school food (and increase uptake of school meals) as part of the implementation of the Government's School Food Plan; helping to make every school in London a food-growing school; launching a pilot to double the value of Healthy Start Vouchers when they are redeemed for fresh fruit and vegetables; and working with retail and charity sector partners to set up a network of social supermarkets to improve access to food for those most in need.

I know that you have work on food poverty planned this autumn and I am glad that your team and Rosie Boycott's will continue to work closely together on these issues.