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.

Latest CFHS updates

Hear Say – Registration for our annual networking conference is now open!

Registration is now open for our free annual networking conference, which will take place on 24 October at the Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline. 10am to 3.30pm. You can look forward to hearing what community organisations, researchers and policy makers have to say about evidence and their experience at our popular annual networking event for volunteers, …

Hear Say

The CFHS annual networking conference will take place on Wednesday 24 October at the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline. Planning is going well for this latest event, with speakers confirmed and workshop contributions taking shape.  Our focus this year is on taking advantage of local evidence and experience to inform the development of policy and …

Matter of fact

With the latest Scottish Health Survey results due to include data from the three new food insecurity questions and research work ongoing across the UK, CFHS is delighted to be offering the latest opportunity for researchers, practitioners and policy makers to come together to digest the latest information and explore future opportunities. Working alongside A …

CFHS blog – Bad mood soup: a personal take on how you feel affects what you cook

‘… and maybe that dish isn’t identical the next time you make it, as you use your emotions when you cook …’ Neil Forbes, Chef (from twitter) One of my friends thinks I’m a great cook. I’m not really – average at best. I can do the basics – and I have perfected things that …

Cooking skills blog: Cooking skills research – Reasons to be cheerful, part one

Earlier this year, around 50 people, many who run or manage cooking skills activities came together to hear evidence about the impact of community cooking activities. They heard from Professor Martin Caraher (City, University of London) and Dr Ada Garcia (University of Glasgow). Lyndsay Clark (Fife Health & Social Care Partnership) and I discussed the …

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