Government ‘should appoint a Minister for Hunger’ to stop child food insecurity

Government ‘should appoint a Minister for Hunger’ to stop child food insecurity

A group of MPs have called for the government to appoint a Minister for Hunger to ensure cross-departmental action on food insecurity.

A new report, Hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity in the UK, from the Environmental Audit Committee focuses on the government’s commitment to deliver UN Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger.

It claims the government has failed to recognise and respond to the issues of hunger, malnutrition and obesity in the UK. Indeed, food insecurity in the UK is among the worst in Europe, especially for children. 19% of children under 15 years old are living with an adult who is moderately or severely food insecure.

The report also criticises the government’s obesity strategy for not addressing food insecurity.

“Instead of seeing hunger as an issue abroad, the government’s New Year resolution should be one of taking urgent action at home to tackle hunger and malnutrition,” said Mary Creagh MP, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee. “This can only be addressed by setting clear UK-wide targets and by appointing a Minister for Hunger to deliver them.”