Covid-19 and food security: Fellows’ case studies

Hannah Norman (centre) has been looking into the the effects of the pandemic on Britain’s horticulture industry

Churchill Fellows are taking action against Covid-19 in a multitude of crucial areas, including working on measures to support food security. Here are their latest activities and insights.

Hannah Norman: local horticulture 

Sustainable farming advocate Hannah Norman has been undertaking research, via an EU funded project, into the effects of the pandemic on Britain’s horticulture industry and access to food supply. As part of this, she is looking into who is going to produce, pick and provide the nation's food supply in the wake of a shortage of European labour due to the effects of the pandemic and also Brexit. Read Hannah's Fellowship Report: Farming and the city: using an urban landscape to sustainably localise the food system.

Lynne Hindmarch: children 

Breakfast Club Manager Lynne Hindmarch has been working with over 340 schools to provide breakfast to vulnerable children from low income families during the pandemic via her organisation Greggs Foundation. Additionally she is helping to provide emergency grants for organisations and schools to help increase their access to food at this time. Read Lynne's Fellowship Report: Breakfast clubs in schools.

Martin Yarnit: community

Co-founder of a community owned village shop in Herefordshire, Martin Yarnit has been working to provide produce for the local community during the pandemic. Additionally he has been writing articles about the negative effects of the pandemic on the food industry and how the industry can respond and develop alternative ways to produce and supply food in the future. Read Martin's Fellowship Report: Towards a food revolution: food hubs and cooperatives in the US and Italy.

Simon Shaw: community

Food Programme Manager Simon Shaw has been supporting local food poverty alliances to provide access to food for low income households and other vulnerable groups during the pandemic. He has been working with his organisation Sustain, The Alliance for Better Food and Farming who are facilitating information sharing and adapting some of their grants. Additionally, he has been using learning from his Churchill Fellowship to improve meals on wheels services to support those who are vulnerable and has shared his research at a virtual conference about household food insecurity. Read Simon's Fellowship Report: Taking an enterprising approach to meals on wheels.

Fellows' activities on Covid-19

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