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Henry Dimbleby and Jay Rayner to speak at Children's Food Trust conference

18 January 2013
Henry Dimbleby and Jay Rayner to speak at Children's Food Trust conference

Leon's Henry Dimbleby and Observer food writer Jay Rayner will be among the speakers at the forthcoming Children's Food Trust (CFT) conference in March.

Children's Food Trust chairman, Rob Rees, said: "Organisations that look after children in all sorts of different ways - at school, at nursery, in local activity groups or in the community - are supporting children who are struggling because they aren't getting enough of the foods they need, or enough to eat at all.

"Too many of our young people are underfed and undernourished. It isn't acceptable in modern Britain and puts us in a place of crisis. The organisations attending our conference are in a unique position to help, and this day is all about the best ways to do that."

The day will include a focus on the role of breakfasts, with a look at Blackpool's new pilot scheme to offer a free meal to start the school day to every child at primary school and discussion of how other breakfast initiatives are making a difference.

Experiences in the US are also on the agenda with Janey Thornton, Deputy under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services at the US Department of Agriculture, speaking about the role of family food policy in tackling food poverty in the States.

By Janie Manzoori-Stamford

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