Help Shropshire’s children have a good diet

Many children in the county don’t get enough healthy food to eat.  A new campaign is asking for your evidence to help solve the problem. 

30% of children in Shropshire are living in poverty. Being born into poverty greatly increases a child’s chances of not having access to good food and nutrition. Poor diet impacts every aspect of a child’s life from educational attainment to their mental and physical wellbeing.  Improving access to healthy food is a vital issue for the children in our county. 

Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance is calling for evidence to unlock the problem. 

Emily Fay, coordinator for the alliance, explains, “We are inviting people to contribute to our research to understand and improve food provision for children in Shropshire. We want to make a strong case for Shropshire to secure the resources to ensure children have access to food 365 days a year."

How you can help:  

1. Give evidence through our surveys:  

These surveys are a vital part of our research and take 10 minutes to complete. It helps us if you could respond by the 8th of December.   

Please go to  https://www.shropshirefoodpoverty.org.uk/childrens-food-insecurity  for all the details. 

2. Join the discussion 

We are hosting a series of online events. These hour-long talks are free and open to all: 

Children’s access to good food in rural areas- 7th December, 2pm  

Delivering food activities to support children: breakfast, after school and holiday clubs- 8th December, 4pm  

Building children’s food skills: Cooking, growing and nutrition- 10th December, 11am 

Visit our webpage to register for the free events: https://www.shropshirefoodpoverty.org.uk/childrens-food-insecurity 

For any questions about the project, feel free to contact [email protected] 

Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance (SFPA) was established in 2018 to tackle food poverty across the county. 

Our membership includes public, faith and voluntary organisations including food banks from across the county. The Alliance is currently being co-ordinated by Shrewsbury Food Hub, with a steering group of organisations including Citizens Advice Shropshire, Shropshire Council, NHS, Age UK and the Food Banks. Find out more on the website here.  

SFPA run Shropshire Larder, a website for people in Shropshire that brings together information on: 

  • How to access emergency food 
  • Where to access low cost or free food in Shropshire 
  • Advice on eating well on a budget 
  • Where to get local help with money issues 

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