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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

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 …

We’ve moved!

We are delighted to say that CFHS are now part of the Diet, Physical Activity and Healthy Weight team at Public Health Scotland (PHS). Sitting within the Place and Wellbeing Directorate at PHS, the team work strategically across the areas of diet, physical activity and healthy weight which, collectively, contribute to Public Health Priority 6 …

Food Standards Scotland Covid-19 guidance

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has updated its Covid-19 guidance (9 August) for food businesses and their employees that informs on current advice surrounding Covid-19. You can read the guidance on the FSS website.

Guest blog: Katy Gordon discusses the different approaches that two local areas in Scotland took to tackle food access and food insecurity last summer.

In March 2020, like many people, we, as researchers with an interest in food insecurity in the UK, were hugely concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown on households’ access to food. It was clear from the outset of the pandemic that need for support with food access was rising …

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