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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

Coronavirus (Covid-19): supporting people at higher risk

Two new reports are now available to download from the Scottish Government website: Coronavirus (Covid-19): supporting people at higher risk – qualitative research Findings from interviews with representatives of 16 local authorities across Scotland, exploring how they have been supporting people at higher risk during Covid-19. Coronavirus (Covid-19): supporting people at higher risk – survey …

Use of shopping vouchers by food banks

A new briefing from the Independent Food Aid Network examines the learning from the use of food vouchers instead of or alongside food provision during lockdown. Its Cash First Project in Scotland involves co-developing practical tools and resources to improve access to cash-based options for those experiencing food insecurity, as well as working collaboratively with …

Ready Scotland

The Scottish Government’s recently refreshed Ready Scotland website provides a range of information for anyone looking for support during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as advice on preparing for winter weather. It also provides guidance for those who wish to help out those around them, whether on an individual basis or through volunteering with local …

UK reports on Covid-19 responses

Carnegie UK Trust has produced this new report, Pooling Together: How Community Hubs have responded to the COVID-19 Emergency, featuring case studies from hubs throughout the UK, available on the Carnegie website. Sustain’s report, Community Food Retail and Food Poverty: examples of different models and guidelines for developing projects, looks at community food projects throughout the UK and how they …

Postcode Recovery Fund

The Postcode Recovery Fund has been created to support charities to develop innovative solutions that address the many issues affecting people as society recovers from the effects of the pandemic. Postcode Recovery Fund will offer a total award fund of £3,000,000 for charitable organisations to deliver projects within Great Britain in 2021-2023. Charities can apply …

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