25 minutes | Jun 2, 2023
Volunteers’ Week 2023: Tales from the frontline of food insecurity.
It's volunteer week at the Food Foundation, and chef, food writer and Bake Off winner, Chetna Makan introduces us to some of the voices from the frontline of food insecurity. The Food Foundation looks for solutions to the growing challenges facing the UK's food system, and presents them to government and private sector. But perhaps its most important contribution is its team of ambassadors, young people and adults with lived experience of many of the issues it campaigns about. We meet the core bloggers on Breadline Voices, Dan White, Dominic Watters and Kathleen Kerridge and learn how the ambassador programme at the Food Foundation has helped them to develop their presenting skills and speak directly to the people who can change policy at the very top of the food chain. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11 minutes | May 26, 2023
Quick Bites: the campaign for affordable infant formula
In this episode of Quick Bites, the Food Foundation's series of thoughts and snap analyses of news events, Vicky Sibson, director of First Steps Nutrition Trust tells us about the campaign for regulation on the cost of infant formula. First Steps is working with the Food Foundation to improve access to better food and nutrition from preconception to age five. Vicky explains why in the UK's formula feeding culture we need safe and appropriate access to formula, and to make sure that it is available to the most vulnerable in our society. Click here for the Kids Food Guarantee, and here for Food Foundation's Quick Bites webinars on our YouTube channel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8 minutes | May 19, 2023
Quick Bites: The first ever Children's Food Summit
Elena Vacca, Youth Engagement Coordinator at the Food Foundation takes us to the first ever Children's Food Summit in Leeds on 16 May 2023. This in-person event from Sustain's Children's Food Campaign coalition brought together leading voices from the world of children’s food and the opportunity to shape future plans with other change-makers. Click here for more information on the work the Food Foundation does on children's right to food. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24 minutes | May 12, 2023
How to Change Policy
This week, guest presenter, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall looks at how to make a case for policy change through the compelling stories of lived experience of poverty. Charities like the Food Foundation try to find solutions to the growing challenges facing the UK food system and present them to government and the private sector. But the work has to have impact. Marcus Rashford, Dame Emma Thompson and the young food ambassadors from the Food Foundation tell it how it is, while Dolly Theis of Dolitics argues that a policy merry go round makes any real and lasting change unlikely to be implemented. If you have lived experience of food insecurity and want to get involved in advocacy, do get in touch with the Food Foundation. Just click here to contact the Food Foundation team. Click here for more information on Tackling the Cost of Food Crisis presentation at Parliament and here for more on Sustain's Healthy Start campaign. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7 minutes | May 4, 2023
Quick Bites: Campaigning with Impact
Sofia Parente, head of Local Action at Sustain, looks at how campaigns can affect Government policy. She tells us about an open letter to Government from a coalition of charities and NGOs, including The Food Foundation,about Healthy Start which led to an update in Government policy. Click for more information on Veg Cities and The Food Foundation’s campaign for better access to Healthy Start. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7 minutes | Apr 28, 2023
Quick Bites: They Know We're Here, But They Don't See Us
Shona Goudie, policy and advocacy officer at The Food Foundation tells us about an event at The Churchill Room in The House of Commons this week which brings new stories from the front line of food poverty. Co-hosted by Which? and chaired by Radio 4 Food Programme presenter Sheila Dillon, the audience heard new findings on the availability of budget range options to support a healthy diet across different stores and how supermarkets can help. The Food Foundation talked about its new Kids Food Guarantee with some of its Food Ambassadors telling MPs how the cost of living crisis is impacting people’s lives Here, Shona tells us about the launch of 'They Know We're Here, But They Don't See Us', a new short film by The Food Foundation at the event which explores parents’ experiences of feeding their families during the cost of living crisis. She talks about its impact on an audience of NGOs, supermarkets and MPs, and the Food Foundation's suggestions of how to change the food story in Britain. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6 minutes | Apr 21, 2023
Quick Bites: Growing Our Five a Day
Alice English, project manager at The Food Foundation is just back from the Houses of Parliament where she and the team have been asking growers, NGOs and MPs how we can boost fruit and vegetable production and consumption in the UK. As the Government develops its new Horticulture Strategy for England, The Food Foundation and SHEFs global research consortium have been analysing what mix of policies might support greater consumption and production of fruit and vegetables. Alice reflects on how the event went, what she took away and where we go from here. Click here for the link to the Food Foundation briefings Alice mentions, and here for episode 10 of The Food Foundation podcast on why we urgently need a horticultural strategy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7 minutes | Apr 14, 2023
Quick Bites: Fix Our Food
Dr Annie Connolly, Research and Engagement Lead at the Food Foundation, introduces us to Fix our Food, a project aiming to transform the food system in Yorkshire. As part of its work, a ground-breaking research and transformational programme, being led by the Food Foundation's Young Food Ambassadors, is currently investigating access to healthy and sustainable options for children who receive Free School Meals. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24 minutes | Apr 6, 2023
Happy Birthday Sugar Tax
This week, we're celebrating five years of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, better known as the Sugar Tax. Introduced on April 6th 2018, the tax on the production and import of soft drinks that contain added sugar has been a win:win for industry and consumers, and the result of years of campaigning from stakeholders across the sector and support from MPs from the political spectrum. Dr Rupy Aujla, author and host of the Doctor's Kitchen books and podcast, and his latest book, Dr. Rupy Cooks is our guest presenter. He joins Isabel Hughes from The Food Foundation , Peter Harding, Chief Executive Officer for Suntory Beverage & Food Europe, Katherine Jenner of the Obesity Health Alliance and Dr Paul McArdle and Jamie Oliver to explore why it was such a turning point in the campaign for access to a healthy diet for everyone in the UK. For more information on the Sugar Tax, click here . Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8 minutes | Mar 31, 2023
Quick Bites: Say YES to School Food for All
Barbara Crowther from Sustain, the Alliance for Food and Farming considers how we can create a world where all children can have a healthy school meal without barriers or stigma. Sustain's network of over 100 Food farming, health education, and schools groups is working to create a better food environment for children to grow up in, to learn, to eat healthily and be healthy. Barbara introduces its campaign Say YES to School Food For All which, with a group of children, imagines what school could be like if we treated other parts of the school day like we treat school food. Quick here for The Food Foundation's Quick Bites webinar series Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7 minutes | Mar 23, 2023
Quick Bites: Tracking food insecurity in the UK
In the second of the Food Foundation Podcast’s Quick Bites, its series of thoughts and snap analyses on key news events, we’re visiting FF HQ to meet more of the team. Shona Goudie is the Senior Policy and Advocacy officer at the Food Foundation which has been tracking levels of food insecurity in the UK since the start of the pandemic. With today's update on the Food Insecurity Tracker, Shona paints a picture of how it's affecting Britain. Click here for the Food Foundation's series of Quick Bites webinars on YouTube. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6 minutes | Mar 15, 2023
Quick Bites: The Budget
In the first of the Food Foundation Podcast’s Quick Bites, its series of thoughts and snap analyses on key news events, we’re talking about the Budget. Zoe McIntyre is the project manager for Children's Right2Food, the Food Foundation’s nationwide initiative to ensure every child in the UK can access and afford good food. She tells us why it matters that 800,000 children living in poverty, who continue to miss out on free school meals have not been given any airtime in today's budget. Click here for more information on the Food Foundation and here for its series of webinars on YouTube. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
36 minutes | Mar 10, 2023
Why do we urgently need a horticulture strategy?
This week, guest presenter, food writer, chef, founder of Wahaca restaurants, and trustee of Chefs in Schools, Thomasina Miers asks what opportunities the current fruit and veg shortages could offer to build resilience into our broken food system in the UK. The Food Foundation has recently published a series of briefings in collaboration with a team of researchers from the Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS) consortium. They explore the opportunities of growing and eating more fruit and veg in the UK and its impact on our health, the environment and our food security. We hear from Ali Capper, chair of British Apples and Pears, Guy Singh-Watson of Riverford Organics. Martin Emmett, chair of the National Farmer's Union's Horticultural and Potatoes Board, James Woodward from Sustain and Anna Taylor, the Food Foundation's executive director. For more information on the work The Food Foundation does with SHEFS, click here For The Food Foundation's snap analysis Quick Bites series on YouTube, click here Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
35 minutes | Feb 14, 2023
Can investors help fix our broken food system?
This week, Sophie Lawrence, Stewardship and Engagement Lead at Rathbone Greenbank Investments is our guest presenter. She was one of the guests who spoke at The Food Foundation’s Investor Summit, Putting Money on the Menu, which was the first of its kind to explore how the investment community can transform the UK food system. Following the UN Food Systems Summit and the release of the National Food Strategy in 2021, an Investor Coalition on Food Policy was created, initially set up by Rathbone Greenbank, with support from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation and the Food Foundation. The Coalition, which now represents over 20 investors with over £6 trillion in assets under management is focused on the UK to begin with and exists to harness the power of the investment community to engage with policymakers on food policy. Sophie finds out what investors could mean to the future of the food system, with Tim Benton from the Environment and Society Programme at Chatham House, Jessica Attard from ShareAction, Rune-Christoffer Dragsdahl, Secretary-General at the Vegetarian Society of Denmark and Director of Policy Initiatives at the International Vegetarian Union, Morten Fenger of Organic Plant Protein in Denmark and Stuart Lendrum, head of product and process at Iceland. To find out more about the Coalition, click here Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25 minutes | Feb 1, 2023
Maternal Diet and Obesity
This week, Melissa Hemsley, food writer, chef and sustainability champion, joins the Food Foundation podcast to look at the factors that can stop women getting healthy food when they're pregnant and when they're planning to be. The Food Foundation's latest report Preconception, Pregnancy and Healthy Weight in Childhood shows how much a child’s health is influenced before conception, in the womb, and how a child is predisposed to obesity if their parents, especially their mother is living with obesity. We meet mums and food workers from around the country who describe what it's like to try to feed your unborn and newborn child when transport and the cost of living crisis makes access and affordability just two of the biggest deterrents to a healthy diet. Nutritionist and one of the authors of the report, Jenny Rosborough outlines its main findings, while Jeni Meadows of the Food Justice Partnership at Lancaster City Council, Lucy Jackman of Feeding Bristol and Natasha Ricketts from the Evelyn Community Centre in Lewisham introduce us to some of the mums who need the most help. Check out the report here which urges Government to do more to address health inequalities and improve the food environment, particularly for families and parents on a low income. Rates of overweight and obesity in pregnant women increase as the level of deprivation increases. Women living in the most deprived areas are more likely to be underweight or are living with obesity. The report draws attention to the fact that, while Government has acknowledged the need to reduce levels of childhood obesity, more than 1 fifth of children aged four and five start school in England with overweight or obesity (22.2%). These rates are more than twice as high in children living in the most deprived areas compared to the least. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25 minutes | Dec 15, 2022
A Hostile Environment: An asylum seeker's Christmas
In this episode, we’re at the front line of food insecurity as we visit some of the food banks feeding migrants and asylum seekers who don’t have recourse to public funds this Christmas. We’re looking at the key findings of a new report by researchers at the University of Hertfordshire and commissioned by the Food Foundation. It shows a pretty bleak Christmas for over a million migrants and asylum seekers waiting for their legal status to be approved. The Food Foundation wants the Healthy Start food voucher scheme to be made permanent, and to actively promote access to it among families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) We want the Government to provide local authorities with the resources they need to ensure families with no recourse to public funds to get the support they need. And that includes accommodation with adequate kitchen and cooking facilities for asylum seekers. And we want the govt to collect data to establish real levels of food insecurity among families and individuals with NRPF. Listen to why it matters with Claire Thompson at University of Hertfordshire, Ray Woolford from We Care at Kath's Place, Juliet Sekitoleko at Brighton Minority and Ethnic Community Partnership Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31 minutes | Nov 15, 2022
Feed the Future
This week, Dev looks back at the Food Foundation's Feed the Future event which promoted the super powers of free school meals to a hall full of MPs, campaigners and celebrity chefs. 800,000 children live in poverty in the UK, but because they’re not poor enough, they’re not entitled to free school meals. The threshold is just £7400 per household after benefits, yet expanding free school meals to all children from households who get Universal Credit would reach all these children in poverty. As the influencer guests sat down for a Chefs in School dinner served by Tom Kerridge and Melissa Hemsley, and with young people who’ve experienced first-hand just how important free school meals are, the chat was enlightening for everyone. Write to your MP in seconds to ask for free schools for all children who need it by clicking on this link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29 minutes | Oct 20, 2022
The State of the Nation
Accompanying the publication this week of the Food Foundation's annual State of the Nation report, we look at how the Out of Home sector is woefully behind in setting health targets, and providing healthier food options for the vast number of people - including children - who eat out regularly. Presented by Food Foundation young food ambassador, Saf, we hear from Sainsbury's, Eating Better and the Soil Association about why mandatory reporting on access to healthy and affordable food when we're out and about is so important. For full details of the report, click here Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
Food Futures: How Sustainable Cities Could Save People and Planet
In this episode, Yumna, one of our young food ambassadors takes us to her home town of Birmingham and the Commonwealth Food Futures 2022 conference where 20 cities around the world showcase their plans to transform the food system. Yumna speaks to Dr David Nabarro, co-leader of the United Nation's Global Crisis Response Group, nurse, midwife, activist and the first female Foreign Minister of Somaliland from 2003 to 2006, Dr Edna Adan Ismail and Dr Justin Varney from Birmingham City Council. We hear from people leading change in thinking and practice from Malawi to Gujerat and Namibia, while Leyla Kazim from BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme who was hosting the day reflects on how much she's learned. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
Cooking and Growing in Early Years Settings
This week, sisters Laiba and Rushda, two of the Food Foundation's newest young ambassadors, report on how learning to cook, eating fresh food and growing it in nursery and pre-school gardens could help to transform our food culture and the nation’s health. At Crookfur Family Centre in Newton Mearns, near Glasgow, they find how kids learn to play with broccoli trees in the dinosaur sand pit, run a pretend grocer’s shop, create art projects with vegetables and sing vegetable songs as part of a Nourish Scotland and Peas Please pilot. And at Maple Tree nursery and pre-school in Walsall, Laiba and Rushda find out how the Soil Association's Food for Life programme has created a food-centred environment for the whole family. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.