County Councillor Matthew Dorrance has called on Powys County Council to take action to ensure local families can access the Healthy Start voucher scheme.
Matthew’s calls come as data from the Food Justice Finder reported that just 62% of Healthy Start vouchers are claimed in Powys.
The Healthy Start programme provides vouchers to families where there are children under four and pregnant women to buy fresh fruit, vegetables and milk at local shops and supermarkets.
Cllr Matthew Dorrance said:
“The Healthy Start programme helps families get access to fresh food so it is really disappointing that every week in Powys £1,207 worth of healthy food doesn’t reach those who need it.
“I want Powys County Council to do much more to help eligible families claim their Healthy Start vouchers so that good quality food isn’t left on supermarket shelves while families go hungry.
“In 2019 Powys County Council committed to delivering Food Justice when it voted in support of a motion I brought forward and one of the easiest ways to help the appalling number of young children going to bed hungry would be to ensure they’re accessing the free healthy food they’re already entitled to.”