The Children’s Food Trust has today announced it is to close its doors. In a statement released on its website charity officials said:
‘The Trust can reflect on a fantastic legacy having made a genuine and positive contribution to improving children’s health and well-being in the UK.
Chief Executive of the Children’s Food Trust, Linda Cregan, said: “Given the political and economic climate all charities are facing difficulties and we are no different. We remained passionate and dedicated to improving child health, but it has proved impossible to continue to deliver our services and extremely reluctantly the Trustees have chosen to close the Trust. It is our priority at this point to speak to all our funders and partners to ensure a smooth transition and a positive legacy.
“We are all very proud of the contribution we have made to the real positive differences in child health in the UK. We’d like to thank our supporters and staff for their dedication over the past ten years, without whom, the great strides forwards we’ve made in improving children’s diets just would not have happened.”
“Because of the frameworks we have put in place in schools and early years settings, over 11 million children have access to better food. Families have benefited immeasurably from our Let’s Get Cooking programme, both from the skills our team have given people and from the recipes and resources made available to them.
“We have contributed hugely to ensuring the environment children grow up in is becoming healthier, by campaigning for measures on advertising unhealthy food, placement in supermarkets and most recently the tax on sugary drinks. Our collaboration with multiple stakeholders to carry out this great work has been incredible, so we ask them now to pick up the baton and not rest up on improving child health.”
Chair of Trustees at the Children’s Food Trust, Adam Starkey, added: “It is with a heavy heart that we have had to decide to close the Children’s Food Trust. We can be very proud of the work we have done, but there is much more to do. We still face a crisis in child health, now more than ever, work in this area is vital.
“We urge everybody to ensure that action to improve children’s diet, and the standard of the food they eat does not lose pace. The government, food producers and food retailers must commit to researching what works, creating approaches and policies that have an impact, and campaigning to change behaviours that get children to eat well. Investment is needed so that organisations intent on improving child health can pick up the baton and continue our great work.”’
Alliance saddened by closure of Children’s Food Trust
Commenting on the news that the Children’s Food Trust is to close, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, said:
“We are saddened to learn the news that the Children’s Food Trust is to close its doors. The Alliance has been involved with the CFT for a number of years and has always supported the organisation’s excellent work improving the wellbeing of children in the early years.
“The loss of this charity will be keenly felt by colleagues across the sector. However, the collective drive and passion of all those who worked for the Children’s Food Trust will having a lasting, positive effect on children’s health in the United Kingdom and the organisation’s legacy should not be underestimated.”