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 2017/18
Advice and information around food poverty/community engagement/health inequalities within sustainable food cities and other relevant national and regional partnerships.
Opportunities for practitioners, academics and policy makers to exchange learning relating public health/health inequalities to the application of decisions reached around food poverty/ household food insecurity measurement and decisions still to be made around the right to food.
- A review and updating of the NHS Health Scotland position statement on Food Poverty and Household Food Insecurity.