Addressing Food Poverty and Food Insecurity in Lambeth – Have your say!
The Lambeth Food Poverty and Insecurity Action for 2021 – 2024 builds on the work done by a large number of local voluntary and community organisations to tackle food poverty and insecurity in the borough. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March last year, the council in partnership with the sector was able to swiftly set up arrangements to ensure vulnerable residents had access to nutritious food.
The draft Lambeth Food Poverty and Insecurity Action for 2021 – 2024 was launched yesterday and your views are vital.
The action plan aims to build on the work already undertaken to tackle the issue by voluntary and statutory organisations, individuals, communities, businesses, as well as responding to the new and emerging challenges residents of the borough face as a result of COVID-19 when it comes to meeting their needs in this critical area.
Lambeth value the experiences, knowledge and expertise of people in Lambeth in helping to create a fairer, healthier and more sustainable food system, so please share your feedback. The consultation closes on the 24th of February 2021.
The Council has maintained regular contact with these organisations to ensure that there is a shared understanding of the challenges faced and that the council can provide as much support as possible. This has resulted in:
- A new surplus food co-ordination and distribution service run by Healthy Living Platform from February 1 taking account of the needs of our diverse communities and commitment to providing nutritious food
- Building close working with FareShare to ensure that wherever possible the surplus food received takes account of religious and cultural needs
- Set up the £50,000 Fridge and Freezer Fund set up to support small VCS to provide a wider range surplus and other food
- Established the My Community Helpline to sign post residents to a wide range of support including access to food as well as welfare advice, grants to assist with other urgent needs. Available via Gateway on 0333 360 3700 or email email@example.com
- Emergency food arrangements put in place during festive bank holidays
- Ensuring that vulnerable families have access to free school meal vouchers
- Compiling a list of free resources and support that those in food distribution can benefit from, including free food hygiene and safeguarding training and funding opportunities
Lambeth Public Health and Consultation and Engagement Teams