Tackling food insecurity in Scotland
As a result of poverty – not a shortage of food – too many people don’t have enough food in Scotland. A Menu for Change aims to reduce the need for emergency food aid by ensuring people across Scotland get the cash, rights and food they need before they are in crisis.
Read our full statistical briefing on the new figures. New figures released today by A Menu for Change and the Independent Food Aid Network reveal the full scale of food bank use in Scotland. 596,472 emergency food parcels were handed out between April 2018 and September 2019. This equates to more than 1,000 food parcelsContinue reading “Nearly 600,000 food parcels handed out in Scotland in last 18 months”
Campaigners are calling for an increase to the Scottish Welfare Fund budget after new statistics released today show a rising numbers of Scots are accessing emergency cash to help pay for food. 50,980 applications for Scottish Welfare Fund Crisis Grants were made between April and June 2019, representing a 12 percent increase compared to theContinue reading “Number of Scots forced to apply for Crisis Grants to buy food continues to rise”
By Jamie Livingstone, Head of Oxfam Scotland and a Director of A Menu for Change. Today, on World Food Day, I would normally highlight the suffering of people being denied food because of drought, flood, or conflict. Globally, hunger has risen for three years in a row. But this isn’t only a far-away problem. ThereContinue reading “The fight against food insecurity in Scotland”