Access to Food Survey

MPs launch online survey into coronavirus and access to food

As part of its inquiry into food supply during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee today launches an online survey, inviting the public to share their experiences of accessing food during the outbreak.

The survey, which can be completed in under 10 minutes, is available on the Committee's website until 28th April, and encourages constituents from across the UK to submit their accounts of shopping for food online or in person, receiving food parcels, or accessing food banks since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Chair's comments

Chair of the EFRA Committee, Neil Parish MP, said:

"Coronavirus has so far affected each one of us in many different ways, but across the country we are united by the need to access enough healthy food. Whether you are self-isolating and struggling to get food deliveries, medically vulnerable and getting Government food parcels, struggling to afford food, or not finding any problems in getting the food you need, we would like to hear from you.

"It's essential that our inquiry is informed by a diverse range of experiences. I urge you to fill in our survey and help us to understand how this crisis is affecting you."

The Committee launched the inquiry, which will examine areas including access to healthy food during periods of self-isolation, and how disruptions in the food supply chain should be managed, on Friday 3 April. It will use the results of the survey to inform its questioning of retailers, food producers and the Government.