Food Poverty (4)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2600
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Eight out of 10 paediatricians in the capital who responded to the online poll, run by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Child Poverty Action Group, said that food insecurity "very much" affects the health of the children. With your remit to tackle health inequalities what action are you taking to combat this?

Answer

Answer for Food Poverty (4)

Answer for Food Poverty (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I recognise that food insecurity is an important contributor to health inequalities.

Consultation on a new Health Inequalities Strategy for London will begin later in the summer. Proposals in the consultation will include a Healthy Early Years London Awards scheme, which officers are currently piloting. The scheme will support and recognise early years settings' achievements in health, wellbeing and school readiness. Healthy Early Years London and my existing Healthy Schools London programme will provide tools and resources to help staff, parents and carers promote healthy eating for all children including targeting support for identified needs. 

In addition, the Mayor's Fund for London will deliver Kitchen Social, a project establishing holiday clubs offering activities and a healthy meal to children from low income households. This targeted intervention will help address the issue of holiday hunger and reduce health inequalities.