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Half of hospitals are failing to meet Government standards for hospital food, a new report says. Rules have been set down to drive up standards, with 10 key areas for hospitals to follow. These include screening people to identify those who are malnourished or at risk of the condition, as…
Almost half of people referred to foodbanks are at risk of going cold as well as hungry this winter, a new study reveals. People on pre-payment meters are particularly at risk of having to choose between heating or eating, said the Trussell Trust. A survey of its more than 400…
A three-year project to prevent food poverty and reduce the need for food banks has been awarded almost £1 million in lottery funding. The scheme, A Menu for Change: Cash, Rights, Food, will be launched next year and will see the organisations Oxfam Scotland, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland,…
Dirty hospitals are serving out-of-date food to patients, an investigation has found. Meals are being prepared in mouldy kitchens, putting vulnerable patients at "high risk" of food poisoning, while others have unclean worktops, food trolleys and sinks. The Press Association analysis of food hygiene reports obtained under the Freedom of…
One in 25 people in England cannot afford to feed themselves, research suggests. A new study estimates that 4.1% of the population is facing the worsening problem of food poverty, with low income families with children and pensioners living alone most at risk. Researchers mapped food poverty across England and…
Hunger and malnutrition are contributing to an increasing number of deaths in England, official figures suggest, prompting calls for David Cameron to take action. Shadow health minister Andrew Gwynne insisted it is "outrageous" that people are still dying from malnutrition in modern Britain, adding the Prime Minister must tackle the…
Food bank use remains at record levels, with more than 1.1 million units of emergency supplies given out by a leading charity in the last year, figures have revealed. The Trussell Trust said there was a 2% increase in three-day supplies provided to people from its network of 424 food…
More than half a million emergency supplies were handed out at Trussell Trust foodbanks in the six months to September, showing that hunger is still a "major concern" for low income families. A total of 506,369 three-day emergency food supplies were given to people, a 3% increase on the same…
More than 46,000 elderly people have had their "meals on wheels" service axed in the past three years, according to the Malnutrition Task Force. Analysis of official data for England shows the number of people receiving meals has fallen from 75,885 in 2010/2011 to 29,605 in 2013/14. Spending on meals…
We know that up to two-thirds of the people turning to the foodbank for help are having problems with the benefits system. That’s why since August 2013, a Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) adviser funded by the Pears Foundation has been working in a foodbank centre in Tower Hamlets, helping…
Tesco is trialling a scheme to give away unsold food at the end of each day to charities such as homeless hostels and children's breakfast clubs. The supermarket giant revealed it threw away 55,400 tonnes of food in the last year, of which 30,000 tonnes could otherwise have been eaten.…
The number of people using foodbanks has reached a record one million after an increase in workers on low pay having to seek emergency help for food, new figures have revealed. The Trussell Trust said almost 400,000 children were among those receiving at least three days' of supplies from the…
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