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Living hand to mouth: children and food in low-income families

April 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A reception to discuss new food poverty research

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Thomas Coram Research Unit invite you to a reception to share the findings of important new research on food poverty among children, from leading researchers at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education.

Hosted by Stephen Timms MP, the reception will hear from the authors of the book and CPAG’s chief executive Alison Garnham and will include a Q & A session.

Part of a European study, Families and Food in Hard Times*,  Living hand to mouth focuses on the UK part of the research, looking at children and families’ own perspectives and drawing on their own voices.  It finds children in low-income families go hungry, miss out on social opportunities and are exposed to feelings of shame and stigma because of lack of money and food.

Free school meals are not accessible to many children whose parents are on a low- income and, even when they are, the book finds that they may not provide enough food for children’s needs, especially in the teenage years.  Some children in the study who came from the most severely deprived families, with no recourse to public funds, simply did not eat at all during the school day.

The book makes a range of recommendations for government and for schools to tackle child poverty.

A limited number of copies of the book will be available to give away and further copies can be ordered at the event.

Please RSVP to Jane Ahrends on


April 2, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Child Poverty Action Group
Thomas Coram Research Unit


Attlee Suite, Portcullis House