Increasingly community food initiatives across Scotland have been 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 has grown rapidly.
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 view of this, the Scottish Government recently held a consultation on Ending the Need for Food Banks. The CFHS/PHS response to this can be found here.
Our plan for 2022/23
CFHS is currently working with the Scottish Government, community food networks and our colleagues in Public Health Scotland to plan how the community food sector can be supported in the future.