Tackling food poverty, diet-related ill health and access to affordable healthy food
Tackling food-related inequalities is one of today’s most urgent challenges if we are to stem the rising tide of hunger, obesity and diet-related ill-health. Below and in the drop down menu on the right are some practical suggestions on how to deal with these issues, including inspiring city initiatives and useful resources.
What you can do
1. Establish a multi-agency partnership
… - involving key public and voluntary organisations - to assess and tackle the full range of issues that contribute to food poverty in a joined up strategic way.
2. Promote the living wage
… through Local Authority commitments and/or via campaigns to raise employer awareness of the impacts of paying low wages and the benefits of raising them.
3. Provide advice, referral and support on food access
… for benefit recipients facing delay or suspension in payments and those in need of emergency food aid.
4. Increase understanding of food poverty issues
… amongst health professionals, welfare advisers, housing and voluntary organisations to ensure clients can access affordable healthy food and skills training.
5. Provide healthy weight services and initiatives
… from dieting and nutrition advice and support to exercise programmes and facilities.
6. Reduce hunger and malnutrition
… amongst vulnerable groups by maximising the provision and uptake of Healthy Start vouchers, free school meals, meals on wheels and lunch clubs.
7. Increase the availability of healthy options
… in supermarkets, convenience stores, takeaways, vending machines and in catering settings such as nurseries, schools, hospitals, care homes and workplaces.
8. Curb the development of food deserts and swamps
… to ensure people have access to affordable healthy food within 500 metres of where they live and to protect the high street from being dominated by fast food outlets.