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As the cost of food and other essentials continues to rise, Feeding Britain is working with partners across the UK to develop sustainable and dignified approaches to protect people from hunger. From affordable food networks to advice services, from fuel vouchers to school holiday programmes, your donation will make a real difference to communities across the UK.

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Policy & Research

The first Feeding Britain report was published in December 2014. The report carried the findings of a national inquiry, into the extent and causes of hunger and food insecurity, that was commissioned by a cross-party group of MPs and Peers. The inquiry received evidence from hundreds of people and organisations across the United Kingdom. Since that first report in 2014, Feeding Britain has continued to monitor the root causes of hunger, reveal the hidden or less well known aspects of food insecurity, and propose policy-related solutions to these injustices. 

Our current policy priorities are:


  1. Social Security Benefits (Healthy Eating) Bill, to ensure social security payments are calculated using a method which safeguards households’ ability to afford an adequate diet
  2. Healthy Start Scheme (Take-Up) Bill, to introduce automatic registration among all eligible families for Healthy Start in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland
  3. Benefit Sanctions (Warnings) Bill, to roll out a national ‘Yellow Card’ scheme in place of immediate benefit sanctions
  4. Workers (Rights and Definitions) Bill, to strengthen protection for people working on zero-hours contracts or in the ‘gig economy’
  5. Full Employment Bill, requiring the Government to pursue job creation policies which abolish long-term unemployment
  6. Disability Benefit Assessments (Recording) Bill, to give every applicant the right to an audio recording of their disability benefit assessment
  7. Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (Powers) Bill, to give the Ombudsman a more proactive role in identifying and remedying systemic problems within the social security system
  8. Under-Occupancy Penalty (Report) Bill, to require a review into the long-term effects of the ‘Spare Room Subsidy’/’Bedroom Tax’
  9. School Breakfast Bill, to ensure greater numbers of children are offered a free breakfasts at the beginning of the school day

Motions, debates, and amendments

  1. Lowering the cap on Universal Credit deductions
  2. Automatic registration for free school meals 
  3. Revising the free school meal eligibility threshold in England
  4. Introducing a ‘Yellow Card’ warning system in place of immediate benefit sanctions
  5. Food waste reduction and reporting
  6. Resolving difficulties with Healthy Start prepaid cards
  7. Mechanisms to support new factory openings, create more manufacturing jobs, and provide more apprenticeships in areas with higher rates of poverty and unemployment

Additional priorities

  1. The role of cooking in the school curriculum  
  2. Identifying and redistributing additional surplus food from the supply chain
  3. Strengthening the link between social security payments and the cost of living
  4. Ensuring refugees and asylum seekers have the means and accommodation to acquire, prepare, and cook meals
  5. Continuing to develop the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme in England to ensure it reflects and meets the needs of all children and young people who stand to benefit most from the programme
  6. Securing government support for innovative local programmes which make food more affordable and accessible for people, and to accompany that low-cost food with wraparound services which maximise people’s incomes
  7. Gaining a commitment to a national strategy for the elimination of hunger and chronic food insecurity by 2030, following a similar path to the Biden-Harris Administration in the United States

Reports published by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hunger:  

Feeding Britain: A strategy for zero hunger in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland

An Evidence Review for the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the United Kingdom

Feeding Britain: six months on

A route map to ending hunger as we know it in the United Kingdom

Britain’s not-so-hidden hunger

Hungry Holidays

Hidden hunger and malnutrition in the elderly

The ‘Other Britain’ and the failure of the welfare state

Feeding Britain’s reports

Maximising registration for Free School Meals and Healthy Start through a single application process, Nov 2023

Energy bills and household incomes, August 2022

A Hunger Trap – Eligibility criteria for free school meals in England, July 2022

Families’ early experiences of prepaid cards under Healthy Start, February 2022

A Policy for Improving Child Nutrition – Securing Full Take-Up of Healthy Start Vouchers and Free School Meals in England, 2022

Structural Inequalities: Secure work and a secure safety net, July 2021

Structural Inequalities: Structural inequality, disability and food insecurity, June 2021

Stemming the rise of child poverty, February 2021

Hunger and the need for food banks between March and September 2020, October 2020

Food and coping strategies during the Covid-19 pandemic, June 2020

Healthy Start vouchers: Trends in take-up and value, May 2020

Tightening the screw: Policy paper on the underlying trends in benefits and household budgets since 2015, April 2020

A literature review on the effects of breakfast consumption and school breakfast clubs, February 2020

Hungry for change: Working paper on free school meals, 2019

A Hunger Free UK, October 2018

Ending hunger in the holidays, December 2017

Bills sponsored by Feeding Britain’s supporters in Parliament, to address the drivers of hunger

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (Powers) Bill

Under-Occupancy Penalty (Report) Bill

Social Security Benefits (Healthy Eating) Bill

Benefit Sanctions (Warnings) Bill

Disability Benefit Assessments (Recording) Bill

Full Employment Bill

Workers (Rights and Definition) Bill

Food Insecurity Bill

School Uniforms Bill

Employment Guarantee Bill

School Breakfast Bill

School Holidays (Meals and Activities) Bill

Employment (Minimum Hours) Bill

Workers (Definition and Rights) Bill

Free School Meals (Automatic Registration of Eligible Children) Bill

Proposals tabled by Feeding Britain’s supporters in Parliament, to address the drivers of hunger

Free school meal registration

A new deal on prepayment meters

Department for Work and Pensions review of food bank use

Universal Credit deductions

School breakfast

Social security benefit increases and levels of inflation

Warm Home Discount scheme

Healthy Start vouchers

Access to free-to-use cash machines

Publication of DEFRA review on food aid provision in the UK