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Group Calls on Government to Provide Extra €1 million in 2016 to Support Community & School Food Initiatives to Address Food Poverty

HFfA has called on the Government to provide an extra €1 million in 2016 to support Community and School Food Initiatives to help address the problem of food poverty which affects some 600,000 people in Ireland. Half of this additional funding would help to establish at least one Community Food Initiative in each county and the other half to ensuring that all DEIS schools can provide school meals.

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Conference to hear that food poverty in Ireland is rising

Healthy Food for All is seeking additional investment to ensure all DEIS schools can avail of School Meals Programme and to ensure at least one Community Food Initiative in each county

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Group calls for National Food Strategy

HFfA has today called for the development of a national food strategy to help tackle the issue of food poverty. The organisation’s first national conference held in Dublin heard that almost half a million people in the country are affected by food poverty which is defined as the inability to afford or access healthy food.

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Minister launches Breakfast Club Pilot Programme

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., attended at St Catherine’s Infant National School, in Cabra today, to launch a Breakfast Club Pilot Programme which has been developed by Healthy Food for All and funded by the Kellogg Corporate Citizenship Fund.

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Community Food Initiatives Programme 2013-15 Launched

safefood today announced the recipients of funding for the Community Food Initiatives Programme 2013-15, which aims to positively influence the eating habits of families in low income communities on the island of Ireland. The Programme aims to support community projects in promoting greater access to affordable and healthy food. The projects that will receive funding were officially launched in Belfast today.

Launch of CFI Programme 2013-2015

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Good Practice Guide for Breakfast Clubs

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On 13 September 2012 Minister Joan Burton TD, launched Healthy Food for All’s A Good Practice Guide for Breakfast Clubs at Rutland National School, Dublin 1.   This Guide provides information on setting up and running a breakfast club, including case studies of existing clubs to show how they work in different settings.  The Guide aims to support schools and community groups to create a positive social environment where children can prepare for the school day. The Guide was kindly funded by Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund.

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A Good Practice Guide for Community Food Initiatives

Minister Pat Carey, T.D launched HFfA’s A Good Practice Guide for Community Food Initiatives in St. Andrew’s Resource Centre on Monday 18th October 2010. Dr. Eddie Rooney (Public Health Agency) and Ursula O’Dwyer (National Nutrition Advisor to the Department of Health & Children) both spoke at the all-island event. Celebrity chef, Rozanne Stevens, delivered a cookery demonstration.

The Guide, funded by the Social Inclusion Division in the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs and Department of Health and Children, Ireland, will be available free of charge to all CFIs across the island of Ireland.

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Launch of the Demonstration Programme

safefood today announced the recipients of funding for the Demonstration Programme of Community Food Initiatives, aimed at promoting greater access and availability of healthy food to those on low incomes. Funded by safefood, the Programme is the first of its kind on the island of Ireland, and aims to address the inequalities and overcome some of the problems faced by communities in accessing healthy, affordable food. The Programme was officially launched in Belfast today by Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael McBride.

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Welfare Cuts will result in unhealthy diets and long-term health problems

Study shows it is up to 10 times cheaper to eat a poor diet.  Cuts in social welfare and child benefit, as recommended in the McCarthy report, will result in unhealthy diets and long-term health problems. That’s according to Healthy Food for All (HFfA), which today held a media and political briefing in Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin 2. The briefing focused on findings from a scientific study by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in relation to the affordability of healthy diets for low-income households.

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Minister Launches Good Practice Guide for School Food Initiatives

Launched today by Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Mary Hanafin, TD, Healthy Food for All has released a „how to‟ guide on school food initiatives – an essential guide to accessing and availing of school food provision and examples of best practice. The Guide is about connecting school food provision with national policy objectives in relation to food poverty, food and nutrition, obesity and health inequalities.

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