Measuring and mitigating child hunger in the UK

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation provides new data on food insecurity in the UK.

Social and political concern over child hunger long predates the pandemic. However, the recent high profile interventions of Marcus Rashford and other prominent campaigners has thrust the question of food insecurity to the top of the Government’s agenda. The Government currently does not have any official statistics for food insecurity in the UK and new data covering the period of the pandemic will not be published until Spring 2022. This report seeks to fill that data gap by presenting analysis of an SMF-commissioned survey from Opinium closely modelled on the questions that will form the basis of the Government’s official measure. Our findings indicate that 16% of parents said that their children made do with smaller portions, had to skip meals or went a day without eating between March and September.

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