LGA responds to EFRA Committee on COVID-19 and food supply

“The economic impacts of coronavirus are likely to be felt in many households for some time to come, and it is vital that we continue to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food."


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Responding to a report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on COVID-19 and food supply, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, said:

“We are pleased that the Committee has highlighted that food security and food waste are significant problems that must continue to be addressed, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated financial pressures on numerous households, especially disadvantaged residents.

“Councils have been working with partners throughout the pandemic to ensure access to food and other essentials is maintained for some of their most vulnerable and disadvantaged people. 

“The economic impacts of coronavirus are likely to be felt in many households for some time to come, and it is vital that we continue to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food.

“This is why we are continuing to call on government to properly recognise and resource councils’ provision on local safety net support. Expanding eligibility for the Free School Meal scheme would also support this goal.”