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There should be "mandatory minimum standards" for hospital food, Labour has said. Official NHS Digital data shows that in 2016/17 some hospitals in England are spending £3 on each patient per day for their meals while others are spending up to £40. But there are discrepancies in the way the…
Families with children are most likely to rely on food banks, making up half of those who use them, a new study reveals. Seven out of 10 families who receive supplies from food banks run by the Trussell Trust have dependent children, research by Sheffield University's political economy research institute…
A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part…
Britain needs to go on a diet, a top health officials has said after it emerged that some of the nation's children are eating the equivalent of an extra meal a day in calories. Public Health England (PHE) warned that obesity is becoming "the norm" as it challenged the food…
Councillors have approved plans to provide free school meals 365 days a year to children from low income households to help tackle "holiday hunger". North Lanarkshire Council agreed to expand its free meal entitlement to cover the 175 days of the year when pupils are not at school during weekends…
Jeremy Corbyn has said "we shouldn't have hungry children in Scotland in 2018" ahead of a visit to a council-run scheme to provide meals for children during school holidays. The Labour leader said Holyrood "desperately needs" a Labour government and said this would unlock the potential of devolution. Mr Corbyn…
Almost one in four parents are skipping meals because they cannot afford to buy food, revealing shocking levels of "hidden hunger", according to a new report. A survey of over 2,000 adults showed that more than one in 10 do not have enough money to buy meals, rising to almost…
The charity running hundreds of foodbanks is appealing for public support as it gears up for its busiest Christmas so far. The Trussell Trust said December last year was its busiest month on record, with almost 150,000 three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis, including 61,000 to children.…
Foodbanks could struggle to meet demand this winter unless urgent action is taken to improve Universal Credit (UC), the Government has been warned. The Trussell Trust said it was on course to deliver a record number of food parcels from its 428 foodbanks across the UK during the current financial…
Food bank volunteers put in a "staggering" 4.1 million hours of unpaid work every year distributing food, fundraising and other duties, a new study reveals. The value of the work has been estimated at £30 million a year if the volunteers were paid the national living wage, research found. More…
A project aimed at tackling malnutrition among older people in Scotland has received a £1.2 million funding boost. The Food Train charity's Eat Well, Age Well scheme plans to create a network to test ways of helping older people eat well and avoid malnutrition which affects one in 10 of…
Some ethnic groups are being unintentionally excluded from using food banks and other community food aid, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of York looked at how 67 food aid providers work in Bradford, West Yorkshire - a city which is nearly 25% Muslim. But the team…
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