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Dr Shobhana Nagraj (HSC) was awarded an Oxford Policy Engagement Network (OPEN) Fellowship to work alongside Good Food Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire County Council to hold a roundtable on addressing child food poverty in Oxfordshire. Entitled ‘Listen & act: accessing healthy, affordable food for Oxfordshire’s children’, the event brought together key actors and stakeholders from across Oxfordshire, and resulted in a report with three key policy recommendations to improve childhood nutrition in Oxfordshire.

Group photo of the Roundtable on Addressing Child Food Poverty in Oxfordshire

One in three children in the UK live with daily food insecurity. Lack of access to nutritious food during pregnancy and infancy (first 1,000 days), early years (pre-school) and for school-age children and during adolescence (8,000 days of life: 0-19 years) has life-long health, educational and socioeconomic consequences.

In Oxfordshire, with the rise in energy prices and cost of living crisis, more families now require emergency food provision, which can be associated with significant stigma. The roundtable was held with the aim that all children in Oxfordshire have access to affordable, nutritious and sustainable food. The resulting policy recommendations outline evidence-based, practical and actionable steps, aligned with national policy, to ensure children in Oxfordshire achieve their full educational potential and thrive into adulthood.  

Download the PDF 'Listen & act: Accessing healthy, affordable food for Oxfordshire’s children'