University of Hertfordshire

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Laura Hamilton - Speaker

In March 2020, restrictions to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 took effect. Parents have had to care for and home-school their children whilst also working from home. But not all families have been affected equally. The pandemic has brought existing health and social inequalities into sharp focus and has had significant implications for dietary health and access to food.1 The Food Foundation state that the number of ‘food insecure’ adults quadrupled during the first ‘lockdown’.2 Lower-income households and those with children eligible for free school meals were more likely to experience food insecurity, regardless of employment status. School closures and a prominent campaign by Marcus Rashford have only exposed these inequalities further. This ongoing ARC East of England funded qualitative study aims to understand the impact of Covid-19 on households’ food and eating practices across the East of England.3 This diverse regions includes wealthy and deprived populations across urban, rural and coastal settings. In-depth interviews were carried out with approximately 40 households and 30 organisations providing support in relation to food and dietary health (e.g. food banks, local authority). This paper will present emerging findings on the food and eating practices of households with children, including the opportunities, challenges and food strategies used to mitigate the impact of Covid-19. In particular, households will be compared by deprivation/affluence. The findings will inform efforts to support households and identify gaps in food provision.
23 Jun 2021

Event (Conference)

TitleBSA Food Study Group Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

ID: 25574637