What young people say about food

21 February 2019

The Children's Future Food Inquiry report, 'What young people say about food', compiles the responses of 300 school children aged 11-16 across the country on how poverty affects what they eat.

By highlighting the changes they want made in education, at home and throughout popular media, they hope to start a serous conversation about the state of food insecurity in the UK, and begin to change the way it is perceived in order to make real change going forward. Results include:

At school:

  • The general consensus is the food is unappetising and presented in portions too small to ensure children are full.
  • They also want the food to be more affordable, reflecting the size of the portions.
  • The Free School Meal allowance is insufficient to buy a filling, hot and healthy meal.
  • The presence of a dedicated hunger teacher would also help the school monitor which students were struggling, and create more effective solutions to food poverty issues.

At home:

  • Students wanted more communication amongst families, calling for more openness about food poverty issues.
  • Families working together to help with the shopping and preparation of food would ease individual burdens, and eating together would help strengthen familial bonds.
  • A better knowledge of food banks and support services.

In media:

  • A more balanced selection of adverts on popular media would encourage families to go for affordable options over unhealthy quick-fixes.
  • They want people to be more responsible and accountable in terms of what they share online, being more considerate of how what they are posting can affect the less fortunate.

Read the full report


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

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