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Food poverty and access

Increasingly community food initiatives across Scotland are responding to demands for emergency food aid for people experiencing the most severe effects of food poverty. The provision of emergency food parcels through food banks is rapidly growing.

However, balancing the need for short-term emergency food aid with creating sustainable change for people experiencing food poverty is a rising challenge across Scotland.

In response we will be stepping up our food poverty work: promoting good practice through networking across the public and third sectors, and mapping the extent and growth in food poverty.

Our plan for 2019/20

  • Create opportunities for practitioners, academics and policy makers to exchange learning around measurement of food poverty and explore its impact on policy and practice.
  • Provide advice and information around food poverty/community engagement/health inequalities within relevant national and regional partnerships.

News and updates

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 ...

CFHS blog: 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 ...

Understanding food insecurity in Scotland: using evidence for policy and practice change

The latest seminar on measuring food insecurity, co-organised with A Menu for Change, took place in Glasgow at the beginning of October. National and international presentations, ...

Matter of fact

With the latest Scottish Health Survey results due to include data from the three new food insecurity questions and research work ongoing across the UK, ...

Guest blog: Sue O’Neill-Berest from Cyrenians on food insecurity, cooking and using CFHS development funding to run sessions for young mums

Something to eat, someone to eat with The Food and Agricultural organisation of the United Nations has suggested that 8.4 million live in food insecure households ...

1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health

Florence Dioka from Central and West Integration Network (CWIN) and our colleague Jacqui presented the poster below at the 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race ...

Time to Digest

Despite the Arctic conditions and transport systems in chaos, practitioners, policy makers and researchers from across Scotland and beyond met in Glasgow for this latest ...

New blog post – Pasta with a past: the collective memory and collective consciousness of Scotland’s community food initiatives

A government policy document a few years ago noted that, “Scotland has both a remarkable legacy as well as an admirable current resource in its ...

Cooking skills blog 33: Working with vulnerable groups: Supporting people affected by food insecurity: ideas from practitioners

Last year, Katy Gordon, a PhD student took part in an internship within CFHS. Katy ran an online survey and interviewed practitioners to find out ...

Cooking skills blog 28: How do cooking course practitioners support people experiencing food insecurity?

Katy Gordon, a PhD student took part in an internship within the CFHS programme late last year. She focused on a project on food insecurity ...