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Posted on April 18, 2007 at 05:09 PM

Making Food Poverty History

When we talk about food poverty in Ireland, obviously we are not talking about famine or wide-spread food shortage, but there is a serious problem when 19 per cent of boy children and 14 per cent of girl children go to bed hungry.

Food poverty is an issue which affects the rich and poor alike. Recent figures show 15 per cent of children from the higher social classes experience food poverty.

Food poverty is the inability to access sufficient nutrition. If we want a healthier society we must get our children eating more fruit and vegetables and less junk food.

This is why Labour is proposing to prioritise the distribution of one piece of fruit per day to all Irish primary school children. We are the first political party to target nutritional deficiency in Ireland.

Roisin and Mary at the launch of Making Food Poverty History

The main features of our policy are:

Nurtrition proofing of all relevant Government policies.

Provision of free meals which fulfill evidence-based nutritional goals to people susceptible to food poverty.

Food and health action plans for all groups susceptible to food poverty.

You can read the policy here and Mary Upton's statement here and Roisin Shortall's statement here.

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