As a result of poverty – not a shortage of food – too many people don’t have enough food in Scotland. A Menu for Change was formed in 2017 as a three-year project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. The project’s goal was to help tackle the drivers of food insecurity in Scotland while improving emergency responses to it.
The project comprised four linked workstreams:
• Supporting Local Practice & Policy Development;
• Influencing and Advocacy;
• Building a Network for Change.
This phase of the project has now ended; we are very grateful for the support of all stakeholders who have supported the project to date. However, the organisations behind A Menu for Change – Oxfam Scotland, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, Nourish Scotland and the Poverty Alliance – continue to work to ensure that everyone has access to the money they need to put food on the table. This website will support that purpose.
Oxfam Scotland – www.oxfamapps.org/scotland
Oxfam Scotland is the Scottish arm of Oxfam GB and is part of the global confederation of Oxfam International. We take a livelihood approach to food security and focus not only on saving lives in the short-term, but on strengthening livelihoods to ensure households are less vulnerable in the future. We seek to ensure lessons from our international programme inform our work in the UK, and vice versa. Across the UK, Oxfam has been deeply engaged in work around food insecurity. With partners, we produced a series of reports examining the growth in food bank use and the key drivers, and have undertaken extensive advocacy linked to these. As the need for food aid evolved from emergency to chronic need, Oxfam shifted our approach – learning from our global experience – to focus on the underlying causes. We recognise the need to strike an appropriate balance between: Relief work (emergency relief), Recovery (upstream interventions) and Reform (structural change).
Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland – www.cpag.org.uk/scotland
CPAG are the leading provider of expert second tier training, information and advice on UK and devolved social security and its interactions with other sources of financial support for families in Scotland. CPAG have a track record in developing and delivering high quality training courses, events, information materials and case work support to frontline workers across Scotland, including training and awareness raising sessions for food bank providers and resources. CPAG also brings to the partnership a track record of integrating basic benefits training into broader training for frontline workers on the implications of welfare reform and rising child poverty for service design and delivery.
Nourish Scotland – www.nourishscotland.org
Nourish Scotland is an NGO campaigning on food justice issues in Scotland. Food is at the heart of many of the major crises we collectively face today, from the destruction of our natural world to the pervasiveness of diet-related illness and household food insecurity. These issues have not come about by accident; they are a result of a food system in which power is highly concentrated, and in the hands of a shrinking number of exceptionally powerful organisations, with limited and fragmented government intervention. Nourish Scotland believes that only a transformation of the whole food system will result in effective and sustainable solutions. Our distinctive contribution is that we read across food issues – health, inequality and social justice, environmental justice, and the local food economy. We also link the levels, supporting grassroots community efforts and influencing national policy and legislation – and using each to inform the other.
The Poverty Alliance – www.povertyalliance.org
The Poverty Alliance is the national anti-poverty network in Scotland. Formally established in 1992, the Alliance has more than 200 members drawn from across civil society and the public sector. The Poverty Alliance has a 25 year track record in delivering activities designed to support and empower people with direct experience of poverty to influence the decisions that affect their lives; to strengthen community and voluntary sector networks in Scotland; to co-produce evidence on the nature and impact of poverty. In all of this activity, the Alliance has taken a preventive approach, seeking to influence policy ‘upstream’ in order to reduce poverty. It has worked across a range of policy areas including welfare reform, in-work poverty, community empowerment, food and fuel poverty, attitudes and beliefs about poverty.