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Community Food and Health (Scotland) or CFHS aims to ensure that everyone in Scotland has the opportunity, ability and confidence to access a healthy and acceptable diet for themselves, their families and their communities. We do this by supporting work with and within low-income communities that addresses health inequalities and barriers (availability, affordability, skills and culture) to healthy and affordable food.

Through our work we aim to support communities to identify these barriers; develop local responses to addressing the barriers; and highlight where actions at other levels, or in other sectors, are required.

We value the experience, understanding, skills and knowledge within Scotland’s community food initiatives and their unique contribution to developing and delivering policy and practice at all levels.

CFHS updates

Community food networks near you

The CFHS programme has been working with the Scottish Government Diet and Healthy Weight team and community food networks to map strategic and practical support for community food activities across Scotland. The mapping snapshot is almost complete and we will update sections of our website with this information over the coming weeks. Meanwhile, we found …

December CFHS e-bulletin

Our December e-bulletin includes a blog post from Edinburgh Community Food – encouraging us to respond to the Scottish Government consultation to End the need for food banks. There’s also information about a Best Start Foods update, veg pledges and the price of veg, funding and events. You can read the CFHS e-bulletin here 

Guest Blog post: Make sure your views are heard on ending the need for food banks

In our guest blog post, Brenda Black from Edinburgh Community Food gives us reasons on why we should respond to the Scottish Government consultation paper on ‘Ending the need for food banks’ and gives us a few tips to help us. How does the draft national plan hope to succeed in ending the need for …

CFHS November e-bulletin

Our latest ebulletin covers community food initiatives and COP26, Scottish Government consultations on Ending the need for food banks and local food, information about funding and events, and much more. You can read the e-bulletin here. November CFHS e-bulletin   

Support for community food

The CFHS programme team has recently been working with the Scottish Government’s Diet and Healthy Weight team and others to discuss how the community food sector has fared over the last two years. The aims include revisiting the discussions from the Scottish Government’s Community Food Summit held back in autumn 2019.  This work was paused …

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