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A snapshot of Covid-19, food insecurity and community food initiatives: What happened and what can we learn?

About the snapshot In March 2020, the community and voluntary, private and public sectors responded to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lock-down. Community food initiatives either closed because of lock-down restrictions and others rapidly changed their services to meet a rise in the need for food delivery or food aid services. This snapshot attempts to …

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Food insecurity research conference – learning from across the globe

We recently attended the second ENUF (Evidence and Network on UK Household Food Insecurity) UK conference on research, food and poverty. Around 200 people attended this virtual conference, including a good mix of people from academia, public health and community food projects. This two day conference covered many topics. In this blog we provide a …

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Food parcel guidance

Food Standards Scotland has produced guidance for local authorities and others on what food to include in food parcels to meet nutritional needs. 

Supporting Communities Safely

This online resource, developed by Scottish Community Development Centre and Public Health Scotland, features a range of practical information and advice.  Whether groups are starting up or taking stock of an existing activity, this advice helps those providing services to think how they could break the chains of potential infection from the store to the …

Peer learning support offer for community food initiatives – Social Shifters

As COVID-19 has unfolded, community food organisations have been challenged like never before, struggling to deal with rising community needs as well as challenged by organisational capacity, funding and safety concerns. As part of the response, Social Shifters have opened up free places in its Circles programme, a virtual peer-to-peer support programme for charities and social enterprises LEARN …

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Local action in Scotland to tackle food insecurity during the coronavirus crisis

The Poverty and Inequality Commission has now published this report of the results of its recent survey of community organisations providing emergency food across Scotland . The report and the Commission’s response to it can be found on the Poverty and Inequality Commission’s website.  

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COVID-19 Scottish Government SMS shielding service and national helpline

UPDATE 4 June 2020 The Scottish Government website includes a COVID-19 section with guidance on support, information, food and other essentials for individuals, as well as a wide range of sectors. This week, the Scottish Government launched a National Assistance Helpline for people who are over 70 or receive the flu vaccine for medical reasons, …

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Five calls in the wake of Covid-19

As part of  work promoting coalition principles in the pursuit of a changed food system, the Scottish Food Coalition has developed Five Calls in the Wake of COVID-19 — five asks that policymakers can implement to strengthen our food system. ​ These are around local food; workers’ rights; food insecurity; environment; and health. To support …

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Food Power webinars – support during Covid-19

Food Power and Sustainable Food Places (SFP) are jointly hosting weekly online forums for food alliance coordinators to connect and share with each other, hear national updates on food-related issues, and feedback their experiences to national network coordinators and campaigners. They run every Wednesday from 10:00 – 11:30am. More information and details of how to register on the Sustain …

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Independent Age Grants Fund

Independent Age is offering funding for small organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Four rounds of funding of £500,000 will be made available; the first of these will be open for applications until 4 June. Organisations can apply to receive up to £150,000 each. More information on …

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