News: Emma Thompson to launch Churchill Fellow’s inquiry into childhood food insecurity
Published: 25 Apr 2019
Today, Dame Emma Thompson will launch the Cross-Party report of the Children’s Future Food Inquiry, which looked at the effect of poverty on the diets, health, development and wellbeing of UK children.
The inquiry was led by a group of experts in food insecurity among children. They included Churchill Fellow Lindsay Graham, a campaigner on school holiday hunger who has successfully lobbied UK government regions to provide several millions of pounds for holiday provision projects for low-income families and children.
The Inquiry is supported by a cross-party group of 14 MPs and peers and two All Party Parliamentary Groups. It has been coordinated by The Food Foundation, Leeds Beckett University and a group of independent experts, including Lindsay, in partnership with children’s organisations Fixers, Children in Scotland, Children in Wales and Children in Northern Ireland. Its report will be launched at Church House in Westminster.
“We hope that the Inquiry’s findings will have an impact on existing policy on children’s food provision and access to healthy food, particularly for those families living on low incomes. Its recommendations are based around what young people told us was important to them and how they think services can be improved. The Government’s response to the Inquiry will show just how committed they are to the wellbeing of the next generation.”
Lindsay persuaded Dame Emma Thompson to become an ambassador for the Inquiry after they were guests on BBC’s The One Show last August. Lindsay said:
“Dame Emma is a big advocate for Human Rights and is genuinely interested in fairness and equality. We spoke about the issue of child food insecurity in the school holidays on the show and she offered to help there and then, during the broadcast. She has just been brilliant. We really needed a high-profile ambassador to help make the case for change for children and young people and I am thrilled that Dame Emma has agreed to help - we couldn’t have wished for a better person.”
Below: Family lunch in Dalmarnock Primary, Glasgow, a project funded by the Scottish Government
Lindsay has been campaigning on childhood food insecurity since she travelled to the USA in 2014 on a Churchill Fellowship to see holiday food projects there.
Top picture: Lindsay (right) and Dame Emma Thompson on BBC's The One Show
Lindsay’s Fellowship is supported by The Rank Foundation.