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Our mission is changing food policy and business practice to ensure everyone, across our nations, can afford and access a healthy diet.

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Breadline Voices: 'Children have turned up with empty lunch boxes'
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Breadline Voices: Some parents have sold their belongings to buy food
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Investor Briefing: Why investors need to support mandatory reporting by the food industry
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Our reaction to Kellogg's losing its court case over high-sugar cereal rules
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Letter seeking urgent expansion of Healthy Start
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Breadline Voices: Soup kitchen serves up 325,000 meals to needy
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Mind the food leadership gap
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Food Prices Tracking: June Update
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Breadline Voices: Disabled people facing 'a wave of poverty unlike anything they've experienced before'
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Opportunity to safeguard children’s diets overlooked in the Government’s Food Strategy
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Breadline Voices: Having to use a food bank 'could happen to anyone'
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Quick Bites: snap analysis webinar on the Food Strategy
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Our reaction to the Government's Food Strategy
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Children Missing Out on Free School Meals
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Breadline Voices: Mum struggling with bills spends hours shopping for bargains
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Breadline Voices: 'Our food bills have more than doubled in the last few months'
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Spotlight on Lidl GB: turning targets for increasing veg consumption into tangibles
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Education leaders' letter to government on Free School Meals
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Food Ambassadors' verdict on cost of living support package
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Our reaction to the Government's new cost of living measures
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Good Food Bill: How to future-proof food insecurity
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Breadline Voices: Food hub supporting families reports 1,650% rise in users
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How are businesses responding to the cost of living crisis?
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Breadline Voices: How 'easy' is it to cook on a budget?
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Breadline Voices: 'Parents feed their children and are going hungry themselves'
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Breadline Voices: 'No one wants potatoes because they can’t afford to turn on the gas'
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Breadline Voices: A food desert in the Garden of England
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Breadline Voices: Pasta related PTSD
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Breadline Voices: 'Children are cleaning floors to get a free meal'
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Breadline Voices: Feeding children with special dietary needs on a budget
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Food Prices Tracking: May Update
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UK Retailer Index 2022 published by ATNI
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Junk food U-turn risks 'abandoning a generation of young people to poor health'
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Our reaction as policies to protect children's health are delayed by Government
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New Legislation is Passed to Restrict Advertising of Unhealthy Food
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Breadline Voices: 'The poor have been in a cost of living crisis for years'
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Government response to Healthy Start digital food scheme delays
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Our response to Kellogg's legal challenge against the government
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Food Prices Tracking: April Update
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Levelling Up: The view from the streets of Barrow
We look at Levelling Up, the Government's plan to equal out the differences between north and south to help towns recover from decades of poverty.
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Government Data on Food Insecurity During the Pandemic: A Data Story
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What did we learn from the National Food Strategy?
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Lessons Learned from England's National Food Strategy
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11 Indian Cities announced as winners of the Eat Smart Cities Challenge
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The Food Foundation Response to the Spring Financial Statement
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Food Prices Tracking: March Update
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Our latest Fruit & Veg briefing is published
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A Global Youth Manifesto for food systems transformation
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Reducing Health Disparities Animation
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Jeopardy ahead – what next for the National Food Strategy White Paper?
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Is it Time to Enshrine our Right to Food?
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Over 300,000 families could miss out on Healthy Start
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MP Briefing: Healthy Start digital food scheme letting down low-income families
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Become a Young Food Ambassador!
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What if Food was a key pillar of learning in all schools?
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Joint statement calling for bold food legislation
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100+ organisations call for Government to be bold in upcoming Food Strategy White Paper
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Dietary Health Disparities Across Socio-economic Groups: A Data Story
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Levelling up on Local Food Environments
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Food Prices Tracking: February Update
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Would a food tax unfairly impact on households with low incomes?
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FOOD CITIES 2022: Emergency Food Planning webinar series
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Wales’ Children’s Right2Food Ambassadors share thoughts on children’s access to food
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New Tools and Resources—and New Perspectives—for Emergency Food Planning
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Steps forward on school food monitoring
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Food must be central to the levelling up agenda
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Levelling Up on Regional Dietary Inequalities: A Data Story
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The Youth View: COP26 film
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Food Prices Tracking: January Update
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‘Food Systems Coordination Hub’ announced as follow up to UN Food System Summit
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Food Industry Benchmarking Toolkit
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Assessment of household food insecurity included in new Government report
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Food Prices Tracking: December Update
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Investors' letter to UK Government on mandatory food reporting
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COP26: Opportunities for UK to show leadership
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The Critical Importance of Early Years Nutrition in Prevention of Childhood Obesity
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MP Briefing: The case for a new Food Bill
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The Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration presented at COP26
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Youth still pushing for food systems on COP27 agenda
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2021 Peas Please Progress report
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COP26: the youth view
Season 6, Ep. 4 Food Foundation ambassador, Ryan McShane and Act4Food Act4Change youth leader, Dara Karakolis present this special episode of Right2Food from COP26. With roving reporters, Dev, Bernis and Yumna joining them to bring the young person's view from Glasgow, they explain why it's so important that food and farming is on the climate change agenda.
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Responsible Business Pledge for Better Nutrition
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Committing to a veg pledge
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Act4Food Act4Change at N4G
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Universal truths about the global food system
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FOOD CITIES 2022 Learning Platform launches
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Food Prices Tracking: November Update
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Food Prices Tracking: Why are food prices rising?
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The Food Foundation call on Government to expand eligibility for Free School Meals
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#Act4Food #Act4Change at COP26
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Emergency Food Planning for cities webinar series launches
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The Food Foundation's response to Spending Review announcement
Today’s announcement that the Holiday Activities and Food Programme will continue to be funded shows that the Government recognise the importance of providing vulnerable children with nutritious food during the school holidays.
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Global youth calls on COP26 leaders to make food a focus
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Letter from Marcus Rashford and major food CEOs to Chancellor Rishi Sunak
This letter appeared in the Sunday Times on 24th October 2021
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Free School Meals and why they matter
Season 6, Ep. 3 In this episode, The Food Foundation ambassadors Fayeth and Beth explore the stigma and availability of healthy options in free school meals, and the trail blazing example set by the Scottish government.
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Why is it vital the Government invest in nutrition programmes?
We're urgently calling on you to #WriteNow to your MP in order to #EndChildFoodPoverty
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Plating Up Progress 2021
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Committed Cities Gather for Key Annual Forum on Urban Food
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The Food Foundation at COP26
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Evaluation of the Holiday Activities and Food Programme
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2021 - a seminal year for food policy
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We win the Big Impact Award for the End Child Food Poverty coalition
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Press Briefing – Food Is The Future Event
We hear from some of the amazing Act4Food Act4Change youth leaders who discuss some of the challenges within their own countries, how policies and actions need rethinking to meet those challenges and what they need from stakeholders including government and businesses to bring about food systems change
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Holiday Activities and Food Programme
Season 6, Ep. 2 This week, Beth, one of The Food Foundation's teenage ambassadors, takes us back to the heady days of summer when holiday activity programmes funded by the Government gave so many kids a chance to get at least one good meal a day. A host of parents, teachers and play scheme leaders explain why it's vital that the Holiday Activities and Food Programme continues to support families in need. 
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A Year of Children's Food 2020-2021
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Feeding Our Futures
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Valley Fest
Season 6, Ep. 1 Join Asha and the Food Foundation's young food advocates as they camp out for a weekend of growth, learning and creativity at Valley Fest in Somerset. As they develop their understanding of food system transformation and their advocacy and campaigning skills in a fun and engaging environment, they're inspired by business leaders, campaigners, politicians, and policy makers, as well as young food advocates, activists, artists and entrepreneurs.   
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Veg Summit Series 2021
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New map shows where millions of UK residents struggle to access food
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Our priorities from the National Food Strategy
Our priorities from the National Food Strategy
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Investors’ letter supporting the National Food Strategy recommendations
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National Food Strategy Youth Consultation
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Special - National Food Strategy Youth Consultation 2
Season 5, Ep. 2 The Food Foundation spoke to 426 young people across the country in September and October 2020 to find out their views and priorities for the future of food in Britain.   Twenty of those young people joined together on Zoom to dive deeper into food systems and refine their ideas and priorities. They then presented their policy proposals to invited decision makers. The report and their recommendations fed directly into the National Food Strategy. 
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Special - National Food Strategy Youth Consultation
Season 5, Ep. 1 The Food Foundation spoke to 426 young people across the country in September and October 2020 to find out their views and priorities for the future of food in Britain. Twenty of those young people joined together on Zoom to dive deeper into food systems and refine their ideas and priorities. They then presented their policy proposals to invited decision makers. The report and their recommendations fed directly into the National Food Strategy.
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The Broken Plate 2021 Launch Webinar
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The Broken Plate 2021
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Webinar Series: A Food Strategy For Your City
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Veg Facts 2021
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Parliamentary Briefing: End Child Food Poverty – No Child Should Be Going Hungry 2021
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Actions4Change
Season 4, Ep. 1 Sixteen-year-old food activist, Saffron Stedall introduces us to some of the young campaigners behind a global youth movement called Act4Food Act4Change. She hears their stories and why they're taking their Actions4Change, the first ever list of asks of governments and businesses all over the world need in order to transform our broken food system to the UN Food Systems Summit.
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International Discussion Paper: Exploring the practicalities of benchmarking food industries in different countries and contexts
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100 Organisations Pledge to increase vegetable consumption across the UK
100 Organisations Pledge to increase vegetable consumption across the UK
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Messaging For Good
Season 3, Ep. 4 Ever wondered if advertising healthy food to kids on TV could change the way they snack? In the final episode in the series, Gilly Smith is joined by Abbie Parkes Holden and Charlie Thurloe, two of the young people helping the Food Foundation to find fresh new ideas to change the food system, look at some extraordinary examples of positive messaging that could reduce obesity.
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Unravelling The Food Chain
Season 3, Ep. 3 This week Gilly Smith is joined by Subhan Shan, one of 426 young people who the Food Foundation consulted to find fresh new policy ideas for the National Food Strategy. They explore the ways in which we have to count the carbon footprint of our current food system and how we begin to start looking for solutions. And... they find the answer!  
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Policy Briefing: The Case for Mandatory Business Reporting in the Food Sector
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The Rise of the Food Club
Season 3, Ep. 2 In a special collaboration with the delicious. podcast for delicious. magazine, Gilly Smith introduces us to a group of young people, some of whom have experienced first-hand food poverty, to explore how to make the food system fairer. All four episodes of the delicious. podcast have been produced in partnership with The Food Foundation and the Right2Food podcast.
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The Influencers
Season 3, Ep. 1 In a special collaboration with the delicious. podcast for delicious. magazine, Gilly Smith introduces us to a group of young people, some of whom have experienced first-hand food poverty, to explore how to make the food system fairer. All four episodes of the delicious. podcast have been produced in partnership with The Food Foundation and the Right2Food podcast.
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Covid-19: latest impact on food
Food Foundation Covid-19 analysis of our second round of surveys on food insecurity in the pandemic.
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Food Foundation and PLMR Win Award for Kids Meals Map
Food Foundation and PLMR Win Award for Kids Meals Map
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Coalition calls for action on food from next Mayor of London
The coalition, coordinated by Sustain’s London Food Link team, along with Food Foundation, Feedback, School Food Matters and The Orchard Project
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A Crisis within a Crisis: Food Insecurity and Covid-19
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Veg Voice Report: Covid Veg
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A Crisis Within a Crisis: The Impact of Covid-19 on Household Food Security
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Plating Up Progress Toolkit 2020
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Food Cities 2022 Launch Event
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Statement – Food Foundation calls for transparency in Free School Meals parcels
Statement – Food Foundation calls for transparency in Free School Meals parcels
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Letter to Prime Minister asking for Free School Meals review 2021
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2021 is the International year of fruits and vegetables
The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) officially launched the International Year of Fruit and Vegetables (IYFV) on 15 December 2020.
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Food Foundation calls for Urgent Government Review of School Food
Food Foundation calls for Urgent Government Review of School Food
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Rice, peas and plantain
Season 2, Ep. 3 When refugees and migrants were plunged into food insecurity at the start of the pandemic, losing zero hour contracts and part time jobs, Brighton’s Minority Ethnic Community Partnership (BMECP) became much more than a food bank with its culturally appropriate foods and friendship.
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Ital: Rasta food and friendship for Lambeth's poorest families
Season 2, Ep. 2 Sister Marcia and Sister Stella of the Rastafari Movement UK are proud to be able to use their Rasta creed to feed the most vulnerable in their community in South London. By gathering surplus organic fruit and veg from their members’ allotments, they deliver ital, the rasta word for nutrition, to those who can barely afford to feed their families throughout the pandemic.  
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Our Kitchen on the Isle of Thanet
Season 2, Ep. 1 Sixty nine-year-old food campaigner, Sharon Goodyer shows us how her private members' food club in Margate could radically change the food system and enable the poorest to afford to cook and eat healthy, delicious food every day of the week. 
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Veg Fest 2020: a week long e-conference celebrating all things Veg!
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2020 Peas Please Progress report
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A No Deal Brexit will increase fruit and vegetable prices on 1st January 2021
A No Deal Brexit will increase fruit and vegetable prices on 1st January 2021
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How can investors, businesses and governments build towards a healthier and more sustainable food industry post-pandemic?
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Plating Up Progress 2020
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Seasonal Overseas Labour and a New UK Entrants Scheme
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Christmas holiday hunger letter from Civil Society coalition to Department for Education 2020
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Letter to The Chancellor about Healthy Start 2020
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Parliamentary Briefing: Protecting Vulnerable Children's Diets 2020
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Education Leaders letter to Ministers on Free School Meals and Holiday Provision 2020
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Annual Reports
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Representation to Comprehensive Spending Review 2020
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The Broken Plate 2020
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COVID-19: Impact of unemployment on food insecurity in the UK
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Bristol Food Club
Season 1, Ep. 4 This week the Food Foundation's food ambassadors Dev and Asha report from Bristol on the weekly food club which brings early years education and food surplus together to provide local families with quality food boxes and a community that cares about what we eat.
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Cook It!
Season 1, Ep. 3 This week The Food Foundation's young ambassadors Shane and Anna report from Portadown and the summer Cook It course, a 4-week cookery programme which supports members of immigrant communities and kids on free school meals. 
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Covid-19 and the convenience store sector
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Evelyn Community Store
Season 1, Ep. 2 This week, Food Foundation's ambassadors Rabiya and Saffy tell the story of The Evelyn Community store in Lewisham and hear from three single parents and their children who have found a lifeline in this local community centre.
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Food Foundation Response to Lords report ‘Hungry for change: fixing the failures in food’
Food Foundation Response to Lords report ‘Hungry for change: fixing the failures in food’
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What next for children’s food?
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Children’s Right2Food Charter
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Lockdown Life
Season 1, Ep. 1 Jani, Beth and Jacob are among the Food Foundation young ambassadors reporting from the front line of food poverty. Here they tell how COVID-19 has affected the most vulnerable groups in British society, from access to food and free school meal vouchers to the threat of holiday hunger and food insecurity for thousands of children this summer.
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A briefing from Lord Krebs on 'Hungry for Change'
A briefing from Lord Krebs on the final report from the House of Lords Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment.
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Covid-19 – an opportunity or a crisis for food system transformation at the city level?
Over the past three years, the Food Foundation has been facilitating a learning partnership between Birmingham, UK, and Pune, India. This involves the development of policies and practices to support city led transformation of food systems.
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Covid-19 case studies of emergency food provision in Birmingham, UK, and Pune, India
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Parliamentary briefing: Free School Meal Holiday Provision in England 2020
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Veg Facts 2020: In Brief
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TOM’S STORY: challenges to accessing an affordable healthy diet, and opportunities for change
TOM’S STORY: challenges to accessing an affordable healthy diet, and opportunities for change
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Webinar Series: Food Insecurity during Covid-19
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Covid-19 UK Veg Box Scheme Report
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Five million people in households with children have experienced food insecurity since lockdown started
Today we release the third of our surveys on how people are managing to secure the food they need during the Covid-19 crisis.
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Vulnerability to food insecurity since the COVID-19 lockdown
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Right2Food: The Pilot
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Healthy Food Economy Policy Audit Tool
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2019 Peas Please Progress report
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London Children’s Food Insecurity briefing
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Eating out of the home in Pune
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Food Foundation Submission to The National Food Strategy Call for Evidence 2019
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Food Foundation response to the Advancing our health prevention in the 2020s, 2019
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Peas Please Submission to National Food Strategy Call for Evidence, 2019
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Submission to the Health and Social Care Committee’s Inquiry on Childhood Obesity October 2019
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Submission to Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment 2019
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Plating Up Progress Part 2
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Plating Up Progress Part 1
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Children’s Future Food Inquiry
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Launch of the Children’s Future Food Inquiry final report
Launch events in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
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The Broken Plate 2019
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Healthy Returns: Opportunities for market-based solutions to childhood obesity
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Parliamentary briefing on the Agriculture Bill 2018
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The Vegetable Summit 2018
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2018 Peas Please Progress Report
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Affordability of the UK’s Eatwell Guide
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Fruit and Vegetable Alliance Launch
The launch of the Fruit and Vegetable Alliance took place in Parliament with the support of Helen Whately MP and the APPG for Fruit and Vegetable Growers.
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Fruit and Vegetable Alliance Submission to DEFRA’s Health and Harmony Consultation 2018
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Food Foundation response to Health Select Committee Inquiry on Childhood Obesity 2018
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Food Foundation response to DEFRA’s Health and Harmony consultation
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Food Foundation submission to EFRA Committee Inquiry on Health &Harmony 2018
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Response to Scottish Government Consultation on obesity plan 2018
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Eating Better for Less
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Farming for 5-A-Day
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The Vegetable Summit 2017
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British kids’ diets the worst in Europe - The Food Foundation calls for an action plan for good food at parliamentary meeting
British kids’ diets the worst in Europe - The Food Foundation calls for an action plan for good food at parliamentary meeting.
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International Learning Series
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Roundtable discussion: Demand-side incentives to fruit and veg consumption
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Household Food Insecurity: the missing data
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Food Environment Policy Index
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Parliamentary event: The case for measuring UK household food-insecurity
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Veg Facts 2016
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Measuring household food insecurity in the UK and why we must do it
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The Sustainable Development Goals in the UK inquiry
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Submission to Committee of Advertising Practice 2016
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Do we really have a choice with unhealthy food 3 times cheaper than healthy food?
Do we really have a choice with unhealthy food 3 times cheaper than healthy food?
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Time to Count the Hungry
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Force-Fed
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Food and the EU Referendum
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#MakeRioCount: Nutrition for Growth Commitment
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Learning from Brazil
Learning from Brazil
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Brexit or Bremain?
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Going for a UK Gold for Food and Nutrition – Let’s #MakeRioCount
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Sugar Reduction: What do parliamentarians say?
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