Access to food is a human right, but it is currently being denied to too many people across the UK. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this and dependence on food banks and other sources of free food are growing. Under international obligations, we already have the right to food, but we believe it is important to enshrine that in law with a regulatory body to oversee implementation.
Join Rhoda Grant MSP as she discuss the proposed bill - currently up for consultation before being put to the Scottish Parliament - which will ensure that, now and in the future, food is accessible to people – financially and geographically – and that food is adequate in terms of nutrition, safety and cultural appropriateness.
We'll also hear from Geraint Davies MP on steps being taken to extend this legislative commitment across the whole of the UK. Geraint is a campaigner on Right to Food and a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee which has undertaken inquiries into food supply, food poverty and the impact of the pandemic on people’s ability to put food on the table.
Joined by Cllr Kemi Akinola, board member of Independent Food Advisory network and Cara Hilton, chair of Scottish Labour, will also hear from these campaigners on how this will impact on people's lives and charity provision.
DO NOTE: The consultation closes on 16 February. You can add your response electronically by clicking on the link here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/RightToFood2/
This online event will be live captioning for increased accessibility.