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 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.

News and updates

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 ...

Household food insecurity

In December 2016, at Serenity Café in Edinburgh, a workshop was held sharing learning about, and reflecting on, work that is currently taking place in ...

Community cooking groups: supporting people who are struggling to have enough food to get them/their families through the week

Do you run or manage cooking courses within low income communities in Scotland?  Do you sometimes find participants are struggling to have enough food to ...

Community-led research into food security and insecurity

Research reports from our three community partners - Central and West Integration Network, Linwood Community Development Trust, and Borders Healthy Living Network are now available. ...

Food poverty: Measuring, monitoring and making a difference

Following our recent seminar, “Food poverty: Measuring, monitoring and making a difference”, organised jointly with the Rowett Institute, the key speaker Prof Valerie Tarasuk, from ...

NHS Health Scotland’s organisational statement on food poverty

NHS Health Scotland has today published its organisational position statement on food poverty.The purpose of the paper is to outline NHS Health Scotland's position on ...

Research – exploring the impacts of community retailing

CFHS is commissioning research to explore the economic, social and environmental impacts that community retailers are bringing to the communities they work with and within, ...

Food Plus in Practice

CFHS’s new publication about community food initiatives that are working to reduce food poverty through delivering a range of services is now available online. The ...

The nature and extent of food poverty/insecurity in Scotland

CFHS has commissioned this research to explore the wider context of food poverty/insecurity in Scotland and to develop an understanding of the current level and ...

Human rights based approaches to food poverty

Twenty-six people have signed up to be involved in this group which is meeting to develop and understanding of human rights approaches to food poverty ...
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  • Publications

    • In October 2014, CFHS commissioned a group of research scientists to consider questions of food insecurity/poverty in Scotland. The main aim of the research was to ...
    • CFHS’s new publication about community food initiatives that are working to reduce food poverty through delivering a range of services is now available online. The ...
    • This report and summary is the product of discussions that included practitioners, planners, policy makers and academics. Discussions centred around viewing emergency food aid as ...
    • In 2012, Community Food and Health (Scotland) provided funding totalling £15,000 for six community food initiatives to build on their current work with one or ...
    • The study tour took place between 1 and 3 October 2013. Ten people took part in a busy two days, which included 10 different visits/meetings ...
    • This publication looks at the role that community initiatives can play in building reach into policy and practice around food access.
    • Notes from a round table discussion held on 31 July on 'constructive food and health policy and practice in the face of austerity'.
    • Outlines the main findings from the study together with recommendation for action by the Scottish Government, local authorities and local communities.
    • Recommendations sought by the Scottish Government from a working group on food access and affordability, supported by CFHS, were sent to Ministers shortly before the ...
    • On 25 February Community Food and Health (Scotland) and Consumer Focus Scotland co-hosted a roundtable discussion looking at issues around older people's access to affordable ...