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A Menu for Change seeking to engage with organisations concerned with food insecurity

Working together for a Scotland free from food insecurity

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Food insecurity – the need of households to turn to foodbanks because they have no money to buy their own food, now seems a well-established phenomenon among low income groups. But there is now at least one project that is trying to meet this challenge head on.

A Menu for Change, a project jointly supported by Oxfam, the Poverty Alliance, Child Poverty Action Group and Nourish Scotland, has been awarded funding from the Big Lottery’s ‘Supporting Great Ideas in Scotland Programme’ to improve Scotland’s response to food insecurity. The project is encouraging a shift away from emergency food aid, such as food banks, as a solution and moving towards preventative and rights based measures which increase the income of households in crisis and addresses the underlying causes of why households cannot afford to feed themselves.

In addition to supporting practice and policy development in Fife, Dundee and East Ayrshire, it wants to engage with organisations across the whole of Scotland to highlight, encourage and celebrate good practice. It will also undertake research to identify and explore preventative measure and long-term outcomes.

The project would like to engage with any organisation in Scotland that is responding to or delivering work connected to food insecurity. The project can be contacted by email info@menuforchange.org.uk via Twitter @menuforchange and via Facebook www.facebook.com/menuforchangescot