Children's food insecurity in Shropshire
Throughout 2020 the Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance conducted research into children’s food insecurity in Shropshire with funding from Sustain’s Food Power. This project highlighted high levels of concern around children's food insecurity in Shropshire and also allowed us to identify solutions at both local and national level.
While the problem of children’s food insecurity predates the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel this work is particularly timely as households with children have been hit hard by the crisis and there is an opportunity to rebuild post COVID. Our research work has taken many forms, from surveys and online consultations, to case studies of local projects and action based research with partner organisations. You can see what we have learnt through this project below.
Summary of main findings
Food insecurity refers to a lack of access to enough good, healthy, and culturally appropriate food. Food insecurity may be long term or temporary. It can be influenced by income, employment, race/ethnicity, disability and the area in which people live. The Food Foundation’s latest report shows that pre-pandemic there was a rising trend of household food insecurity and despite vital emergency measures in place, more people are food insecure now than before the pandemic. In January 2021, 12% of households with children (equivalent to 2.3 million children and 1.3 million adults living with them) had experienced food insecurity in the past 6 months and over 200,000 children have had to skip meals because their family couldn’t access sufficient food during lockdown.
Recommendations from our research