A number of charities, led by Sustain, has written a letter to prime minister Theresa May to create a hardship fund to prevent a no deal Brexit food crisis for the people most in need.
They call on the prime minister to provide clarity over accountability and powers to mitigate food disruption; clear communication on the challenges ahead, and plans to mitigate risks, including with local authorities and resilience teams, frontline charities and their networks, and public sector institutions; and crisis support and funding for regional and local government and resilience teams, and for public sector institutions, to ensure food supplies are guaranteed for those most in need.
The letter was written in response to May’s consideration of a tax and benefits policy to redress the cost of living increases, including food. At present, 1.5m children are eligible for Free School Meals and the Trussell Trust gave out over 1.3m three-day emergency food supplies last year.
Food services and supplies are at risk from a no deal Brexit, the charities say, and “food price inflation caused by a no deal Brexit is likely to affect these people, and the services providing food to support them, disproportionately”, the letter states.
The letter is co-signed by Sustain, the National Association of Care Caterers, School Food Matters, Food for Life, Fareshare, the Trussell Trust, the Independent Food Aid Network, the Federation of Wholesale Distributors, and the Sustainable Food Cities network, among others.