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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.

Covid-19 updates and information

Covid-19 funding and beyond

A new charity fundraising hub has recently been launched. The hub includes easy-to-use tools and guidance, as well as checklists for grant applications. A series of webinars will also be streamed over the coming weeks. More information on the Ecclesiastical website.

Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme

The Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme is a £25m Scottish Government funded programme aiming to support charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations that are supporting people and communities through the shift from lockdown to recovery. The Programme has two strands: Adapt and Thrive, which offers tailored, specialist advice, as well as grants and …

Recent learning on food and food insecurity

The University of Hereford has published research on ‘Scottish food practices’, exploring household practices and use of dietary information. The findings will help inform Food Standards Scotland develop dietary guidelines. The research can be found on the University’s website. Another recent publication from BMC Public Health is research on the lived experience of long-term health condition management …

#CommunityFoodNearMe

During the height of restrictions and now as we live with ongoing risk of Covid-19, the places we can walk or cycle to have become more important to us.  Community support around food played, and will continue to play, a vital role. So whether an initiative continued to do what they normally do, changed and …

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