Food Foundation report: Impact of Covid-19 on household food security

This report is produced by the Food Foundation and presents data collected from seven rounds of nationally representatives UK-wide surveys to monitor food insecurity impacted by Covid-19. Surveying was undertaken between March 2020 and January 2021. Data referring to the current situation is from surveys conducted in January 2021.


Key findings:

  • Despite vital emergency measures in place, more people are food insecure now than before the pandemic
  • Households with children have been hit hard, with many children still falling through the cracks in support
  • Existing support schemes have made a difference, but gaps have meant many people still struggle to eat adequately
  • Covid-19 has dramatically widened inequalities in food security and nutrition.

Key recommendations:

  • Review free school means
  • Pay fair and keep the uplift
  • Leadership and action on food insecurity

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