Nearly 600,000 food parcels handed out in Scotland in last 18 months

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”

Number of Scots forced to apply for Crisis Grants to buy food continues to rise

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”

The fight against food insecurity in Scotland

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”

The System Has Been Found Wanting

Read our new report, Found Wanting, here. If Scotland doesn’t have a shortage of food, why do so many worry about going hungry? The answer from Menu for Change’s research is simple: low and irregular wages, combined with a social security system that too often fails to provide even a basic safety net. These areContinue reading “The System Has Been Found Wanting”

More people in Scotland worried about running out of food

New figures show that more people living in Scotland have reported being worried about running out of food in the past year, and campaigners say it reinforces the need for stronger action to stop people needing to turn to emergency food aid. The Scottish Government’s annual Health Survey reports an increase to nine per centContinue reading “More people in Scotland worried about running out of food”

A Menu for Change responds to latest Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics

Commenting on today’s Scottish Welfare Fund statistics, Dr Mary Anne MacLeod, Research and Policy Officer at A Menu for Change, said: “Councils are being forced to top up the Scottish Welfare Fund, which has been cut in real-terms since 2013, in order to meet increasing demand. More and more Scots are being pulled into crisisContinue reading “A Menu for Change responds to latest Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics”

Breaking down the barriers in accessing emergency cash

By David Hilber, Project Officer, A Menu for Change  Food bank use continues to rise and nearly one in ten people in Scotland are worried about where their next meal will come from. If you find yourself in this position, you can ask for a Crisis Grant: money given out by your local council throughContinue reading “Breaking down the barriers in accessing emergency cash”

A stranger in a strange land who has run out of money for food

As an immigrant myself, I can tell you, being an outsider isn’t always easy. No matter how long you’ve been in your new country or how welcoming the people are, there is always a nagging feeling that you don’t quite belong. There are cultural norms you’ll never truly be a part of or fully understand.Continue reading “A stranger in a strange land who has run out of money for food”

People living on cups of tea and thin air deserve faster action on poverty

The rise in food bank numbers is already symbolic of our failing social security system. Yet the appalling scale of this unfolding human tragedy in a country as rich as Scotland is only now becoming clear. We’ve known for some time that food bank use has been growing in Scotland, with the Trussell Trust, whichContinue reading “People living on cups of tea and thin air deserve faster action on poverty”