The Environmental Audit Committee’s new report, Hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity in the UK, finds:
- Food insecurity is significant and growing in the UK, with levels among the worst in Europe, especially for children
- Government has failed to recognise and respond domestically – and has allowed these issues to ‘fall between the cracks’
- Minister for Hunger should be appointed to ensure cross-departmental action
Responding to the conclusions of the Committee, Emma Revie, chief executive of The Trussell Trust, said:
“We fully support the Committee’s call for a Minister for Hunger and a measurement of food insecurity. A failure to address the root causes of poverty has led to soaring need for food banks, with more than 1.3 million food parcels provided to people by our network last year. It’s not right that anyone in our country faces hunger, and it’s not inevitable.
“It’s time for the government to take concrete steps towards a UK where everyone has enough money for food. Although food bank volunteers are providing vital support to those in crisis, no charity can replace people having enough money for the basics. To end hunger, we need to understand the true scale of the challenge, and work across government to ensure everyone is anchored from being swept into poverty.”