A Menu for Change Spring E-news

Welcome to the Spring edition of our newsletter
First of all, a huge thank you for signing up to A Menu for Change’s newsletter. We hope to be able to keep you informed about our ongoing & upcoming events & activities. It’s been a busy first year of developing & planning A Menu for Change and we would like to thank everyone who is working with us to tackle food insecurity across Scotland.

A Menu for Change: Cash. Rights. Food.
A Menu for Change is working with a wide range of statutory, third sector organisations and community groups across Scotland to tackle the underlying problems behind the rise in food banks. Together we want to ensure people get the cash, rights and food they need before they are in crisis.

  • Supporting statutory and third sector organisations to improve practice and policy in Fife, Dundee and East Ayrshire
  • Bringing people together to highlight, celebrate and stimulate best practice from across Scotland
  • Putting people with experience of food insecurity at the heart of policy and practice

Influencing local, Scottish and UK governments to take action to prevent food insecurity

A Future without food banks?
A Menu for Change Project Manager Polly Jones considers the North Lanarkshire Food Poverty Referral Gateway and its path to redirect users from emergency food provision to the Scottish Welfare Fund in the latest blog on our website.
https://menuforchange.org.uk/a-future-without-food-banks/

Food Insecurity Bill 2017-19
Emma Lewell-Buck MP is on a mission to get household food insecurity measured across the UK. Understanding how many food parcels are given out by food banks is not an accurate measure of food insecurity, it is just the tip of the iceberg. Food bank use significantly under-represents the number of families in our community who are food insecure. Many people are so embarrassed to take a food bank parcel that they try to find every other way to manage, often by skipping meals or borrowing money. In order to fully understand what needs to be done to address the growing problem of food insecurity, we need to begin measuring household food insecurity in the UK.
Please ask your MP to support Emma Lewell-Buck bill on measuring food insecurity when it is has its second reading on 2 February. You can find out more about this campaign here http://endhungeruk.org/measure/

Upcoming Events & News
A Menu for Change is organising a number of workshops to highlight, celebrate and stimulate best practice from across Scotland. Our first two take place in February and March. Each event will cover a different them relating to food insecurity, adapting topics to the local issues, solutions and challenges.

23 February 10.30am-3pm GLO Centre, Motherwell, ML1 1BN
Tackling food insecurity in Lanarkshire: what can we learn from the Food Poverty Referral Gateway?
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tackling-food-insecurity-in-lanarkshire-tickets-42455772358?ref=estw

Date TBC Lesser Hall, Albert Halls, 1 Albert Place, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, FK8 2QL
The impact of Universal Credit on food insecurity in Stirling: challenges and solutions

If would like further information on either workshop, please email us at info@menuforchange.org.uk

Andy Fisher, author of Big Hunger, describes how “Scotland is at the cutting edge of food policy” in this blog https://www.bighunger.org/blog-1/2017/12/13/i-want-to-move-to-scotland-1

Listen to our Research & Policy Officer Mary Anne MacLeod discussing the underlying causes of food poverty on BBC Good Morning Scotland https://t.co/p6B34kkshh

Highlights from the first year of A Menu for ChangeParliamentary Reception
On Thursday 22nd June MSP Alex Rowley kindly hosted a parliamentary reception for A Menu for Change, giving us the opportunity to introduce the project and how it will tackle the growing problem of food insecurity in Scotland. The evening was a great success, with excellent networking opportunities across government, local authority, third sector and citizen attendees. For a full run down on the evening’s speakers, please follow this link to our website http://menuforchange.org.uk/get-involved-with-a-menu-for-change/ or have a look at photos on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/menuforchangescot/

Ready, set, action!
You may have already met our Project Officers Anna Baillie, David Hilber, Julian Holbrook and Chelsea Marshall. They have been hosting Action Learning Sets in Dundee, East Ayrshire & Fife. This involves working intensively with local stakeholders to review and develop local policy and practice for tackling food insecurity. Action Learning Sets are taking place on a monthly basis, with the aim of identifying new ways of addressing food insecurity that can be shared across Scotland.

Meet the team
Our team is able to utilise the knowledge & expertise from four partners who have with a wealth of experience researching & tackling food insecurity: Oxfam Scotland; Child Poverty Action Group Scotland; Poverty Alliance; & Nourish Scotland. Read more about our team members here

Local Services
On our website, we are building a map & directory of services. If you are a welfare rights and money advice service, community food initiative, or provide other relevant services, and would like to add your details please register with us through our website http://menuforchange.org.uk/add-service/

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