A Menu for Change worked intensively within three local authority areas in Scotland – Dundee, East Ayrshire and Fife – to support public and third sector services to move away from using emergency food aid as the primary response to food crisis. This included developing, testing and promoting alternative approaches that put cash at the heart of responses to food insecurity. Central to this approach was enhancing access to statutory entitlements and cash-based crisis supports, including the Scottish Welfare Fund, as well as debt minimisation. This approach supported our goal of ensuring more people have money to buy food, rather than them having no option but to seek emergency food aid.
This phase of the project’s work has now ended; however, the following reports are a summary of learning in each area, including recommendations for local action based on our work with stakeholders: