Demands for emergency food aid are an emergent challenge for community food initiatives across Scotland. In February 2014, CFHS invited key individuals to share their experiences and understanding of supporting communities that are experiencing extreme food poverty and in need of emergency food aid. This is a complex and challenging agenda and there was broad recognition that this learning exchange marked the beginning of ongoing collaboration across sectors in this specific but dynamic concern for community food initiatives.
Hannah Lambie-Mumford, a leading academic expert from the University of Sheffield, presented on food poverty and emergency food aid in the context of social justice and the right to food.
Justine Geyer from Scottish Government provided an insight into food aid provision across Scotland and the demand for this type of support.
Fiona McHardy, a research and policy officer from the Poverty Alliance, reflected on its work alongside people in poverty to share ‘lived experiences’ of food poverty.
A report and case studies from the event will be available shortly.