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A right to good food Beyond Foodbanks?BelfastMonday 11 January

Welcome and purpose of event Niall Cooper, Director Church Action on Poverty

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No one in the UK should go hungryGovernment should do more to tackle food poverty.. In factPeople have a right to foodTogether we can build a powerful food justice movement in the UK

The Right to Food

Addressing Food Poverty in the UK: Charity, Rights and WelfareDr Hannah Lambie-Mumford

The Right to Food

The right to adequate food is realised when every man, woman and child, alone or in community with others, have physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement.

The Right to Food

Why are you here? What excites you about it?

Geoff Tansey Chair of the Commission

CommissionersGeoff Tansey, chair Trustee, Food Ethics Council & Curator, Food Systems AcademyNiall Cooper, Director, Church Action on PovertyTara Garnett, Founder and Director of Food Climate Research NetworkDiana Holland, Assistant General Secretary, UniteAndrew Kuyk, Former Director of Sustainability, Food & Drink FederationDr John Middleton, Former Vice President, UK Faculty of Public HealthJeanette Orrey, Co-Founder, Food for Life Partnership

Five Key principles

1. Everyone in the UK should have secure access to nutritious, sustainable food they can afford, and nobody should live in a state of household food insecurity.

Five Key principles

2. Food banks and other forms of charitable food provision should become unnecessary by 2020.

Five Key principles

3. Decent work is the best way of achieving sustainable food security for most households, but the social security system also has an important role to play for many both in and out of work.

Five Key principles

4. The links between low income and diet-related ill health should be broken.

Five Key principles

5. People on low incomes should be protected from price rises and other potential negative consequences arising from the essential action needed to address the long-term environmental, health and workforce challenges of the food system.

Key recommendations (14 in all)

1. Coordinated action to realise the right to food2. Measuring and tackling food insecurity3. Incomes, low pay, benefits and Poverty Premium4. Action on public health, sugar, advertising, and sustainability5. Food access and local food action plans

What are the key issues?

Mental health, well-being , exclusion (8)Beyond foodbanks, advice etc (7)Valuing food (4)Education, cooking skills (8)Food industry/system, price, access, advertising etc (14)Poverty Premium, fuel/housing costs (6)Government strategy, policy, measurement (6)Empowerment, rights (7)Social stigma, media (6)Better local coordination (3)Tension between practical action, campaigning and research(4)Ideology and capitalism (2)Family, holiday hunger and health (4)Benefit delays, sanctions, cuts (26)Low pay, insecurity, zero hours, holiday hunger (16)

Worth: Valuing people, valuing foodWork: Valuing peoples workWelfare: Valuing peoples welfare

How do these issues chime with what you are facing? Is there anything missing?

Right to Food / Beyond Foodbanks campaign? What kind of action are we up for taking together?

What kind of action?Giving voice to real expertsMobilising our supportersLocal food poverty reduction plansCoordinated lobbying of politiciansWorld Food Day: 16 OctoberRight to Food Bill

Movement buildingTraining/resources to enable local champions to coordinate campaign locallyTraining/resources for local partners in giving a voice to those affectedLocal food poverty partnershipsFun/entry level actions (wristbands etc)Website and social media presence

Right to Food / Beyond Foodbanks campaign? What kind of action are we up for taking together?

Whats in a name?Right to food campaignEnd Hunger UK/etc

Next steps

Thank you and goodbye


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