RIGHT TO FOOD: Campaign gains momentum
The 'Right to Food' campaign, which aims to change the law to make access to food a legal right for all, is gaining momentum.
It aims to make the right to food part of the government’s National Food Strategy. That strategy is the first independent review of England’s entire food system for seventy five years.
On a local level, Liverpool's Food Insecurity Task Force has announced the development of Liverpool's Good Food Plan, a strategy to create a city "where everyone can eat good food."
The actions in Liverpool's 'Good Food Plan' aim to reduce the growing levels of hunger and food insecurity in Liverpool, and to begin to change Liverpool's food system to create a true 'Good Food City'.
This includes support for the 'Right to Food' campaign, which aims to change the law to make access to food a legal right for all.
The Plan will address key issues including acute hunger; chronic food insecurity; access to and take-up of healthy, nutritious food; and the sustainability of food supply in Liverpool, which will link into the wider 'City Plan' agenda.
This first stage of Good Food Plan, which has already been set in motion, involves listening to local residents, creating food provision maps, bringing together data to understand levels of food insecurity in Liverpool, and to set the foundations for future phases of implementation.
Food banks are sadly becoming an important – and vital – part of our communities in Liverpool and beyond.
The National Food Strategy is an independent review commissioned by government to set out a vision and a plan for a better food system.
Putting the “Right to Food” into UK law would make the Government legally responsible to help anyone in our communities who in going hungry, to take action to prevent barriers in accessing food and to take steps to tackle the crisis of food insecurity in the UK which is effecting 10 million people.
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