The scale of child food poverty in Bradford has been assessed in a new report being sent to Bradford Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
It estimates 33,000 children across the district are living in poverty and/or at risk of food poverty.
In response to the findings, the report says there needs to be a two pronged approach. One that offers help for people who are suffering from an immediate lack of food and another which supports longer term interventions to tackle the causes of food poverty and improve access to affordable food.
The study also found a high proportion of obese and overweight children living with nutrient deficiencies, although these could not be entirely attributed to deprivation.
Cllr Val Slater, Executive member of Bradford Council, said:
“There is already a great deal of work being carried out in Bradford to tackle food poverty and access to affordable food.
Third sector organisations, faith groups, businesses and the council have all been working together to co-ordinate limited public resources so that they are as effective as possible across the district. This is a very real demonstration of how positive taking a New Deal approach can be.
“There is still more to be done. As well as helping people get a living wage, we also need to ensure families have the access to the knowledge and skills to be able to cook affordable and healthy meals.”
People taking part in the report said they were already aware of free school meals, budgeting classes, food aid and cook and eat sessions. There is also work being done to further help eliminate food waste and make it available to those who are most in need.