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FPH and partners launch new report on Good Food For Children

The Faculty of Public Health has led a coalition of health organisations and charities in publishing a major new report “The Health of the Next Generation – Good Food For Children” which - launching today at a special event at the House of Lords - calls on Government to protect the health and productivity of our next generation by expanding access to the Free School Meal Programme, National School Breakfast Programme, and the Healthy Start Voucher scheme.

Most important of the report’s recommendations is a call for the Government to adopt universal school meal provision for all primary and secondary school children in England.

The report follows a letter sent to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in February of last year led by the Faculty of Public Health, signed by over 30 MPs and 20 members of the House of Lords, which called for urgent action to tackle food poverty and help support a healthy population and productive economy.

Professor Kevin Fenton, President of the Faculty of Public Health said

“As a broad coalition of public health and medical professionals we are deeply concerned about the long-term health impacts facing our nation’s children as vulnerable families across the UK struggle to access nutritious food.

By providing universal access to Free School Meals and expanding access to other existing programmes, our leaders in Parliament have the opportunity to support a generation of children to lead healthy, happy, and productive lives.

Conversely, evidence shows us that the poor physical and mental health caused by childhood food insecurity creates a poor foundation for future health, and these children are more likely to experience health issues and lower levels of productivity into adulthood.

We face a critical turning point for the health of our next generation – we must take action now.”

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Published 16 January 2024

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