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 2018/19
- Create opportunities for practitioners, academics and policy makers to exchange learning around measurement of food poverty and explore its impact on policy and practice.
- Promote a new Health Inequalities Briefing from NHS Health Scotland on Food Poverty.
- Provide advice and information around food poverty/community engagement/health inequalities within relevant national and regional partnerships.