Webinar: PHE Regional Teams Food Insecurity - 11 March 21
A recording of the webinar along links to the presentations delivered on the day can be found at the bottom of this page
Purpose: In the UK, not everyone lives in a state of food security. Its opposite, food insecurity, is a reality for many. The impact of Covid-19 and its response has highlighted this critical issue in our society and for the increasing number of households that experience it.
In the UK measures have recently been added to local and national surveys to ascertain the level of food insecurity, but currently, there is no single, reliable measure to enable Local Authority Directors of Public Health to quantify and benchmark the level of need and risk in their particular area.
Tracking the level of food insecurity at the national level is necessary to understand the scale of the problem, and trends across time. But data collection at the local area level is essential if we are to address food insecurity and its impacts, and to track the issue over time. This raises several questions:
- How is food insecurity measured at the local level?
- Who is involved in collecting these data?
- How are these data used?
- Most importantly, where are the gaps and what data do local area partners need in order to effectively intervene and support households and individuals who are experiencing food insecurity?
The aim of the webinar is to discuss how to support local systems to identify and collect data and intelligence of food insecurity, what to use it for and how to use it. Also, to facilitate discussion to better understand the gaps in local data collection and what is needed to support both the short-term emergency response to food insecurity and to support sustainable approaches to collaborate to tackle widening inequalities as a result of Covid
Audience: Public Health Professionals, Professionals in the wider public health system involved in supporting people experiencing food insecurity including food partnerships