Fighting food poverty
Islington is leading the fight among London boroughs to improve local food and tackle rising food poverty in the capital.
Two reports released today by London Food Link, part of the charity Sustain, highlighted Islington’s efforts to help residents access healthy and sustainable food.
Islington ranked first in the ‘Beyond the Food Bank’ report, which assesses how London boroughs are tackling the complex issues behind food poverty.
Islington scored highly in all areas, including protecting children’s centres, promoting breastfeeding and increasing the uptake of Healthy Start vouchers, and was praised for providing free school meals for all primary school pupils.
Islington ranked second in the charity’s ‘Good Food for London’ report, which looks at how boroughs are helping to promote sustainable, ethical food that supports good jobs and secure livelihoods.
Islington scored highly in this report because it is a London Living Wage employer and promotes the London Living Wage, supports Fairtrade food and healthier catering.
Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, said: “We’re committed to tackling food poverty, which is a major issue in Islington, and across London.
“Our free school meals programme provides a hot meal every day for every primary school child, which makes a real difference to many struggling families.
“Other work, like ongoing support for childcare and strong support for London Living Wage, helps make sure parents can earn money to put food on the table.
“Councils can make a real difference in fighting food poverty, although ongoing Government cuts to councils’ budgets makes this more difficult every year as this work costs money.”