We are undertaking research to build the evidence base on effective interventions to prevent the occurrence and recurrence of food insecurity, whilst collecting data to contribute to building a more accurate picture of the scale and causes of food insecurity in Scotland.
The research will have two elements, ‘journeying back’ with individuals to identify earlier intervention points where if the appropriate support had been provided income and food crisis may have been prevented, and longitudinal enquiry to understand an individuals’ journey in the ‘aftermath’ of experiencing income and food crisis – including longer-term outcomes.
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 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.
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.