What We Do
As a result of poverty – not a shortage of food – too many people don’t have enough food in Scotland. People in communities across the country have responded incredibly to the growing need, whether by volunteering at a food bank or donating cash and food. Yet there is widespread agreement that food banks should not need to exist – everyone should have enough money to buy food and other essentials.
A Menu for Change is leading and supporting an evolution in the way Scotland responds to food insecurity. The Project is encouraging a shift away from emergency food aid as the solution and towards preventative and rights-based measures which increase the incomes of people facing crises and support them to feel able to access food in a dignified way. It is also working to address the underlying causes of the income crises which fuel food insecurity.
A Menu for Change will work intensively in three areas to support public and third sector actors to review and improve existing policy and practice to put cash, rights and dignity at the heart of the response.
We will use the learning and evidence from A Menu for Change to advocate for policy change to increase the focus on prevention, cash and rights based responses, and dignified access to food.
We will engage with actors across Scotland to stimulate and harness a network for change. This work will involve highlighting good practice, sharing learning and knowledge, and raising local voices.
A Menu for Change will undertake in-depth qualitative research with individuals experiencing food insecurity. The project will also create opportunities for emergency food aid providers to contribute data to improve knowledge and understanding.