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Beyond the food bank in Aberdeenshire

Wages are not keeping up with inflation, benefit rates have been frozen for three years, and the number of people turning to food banks is ever increasing. For most of us, things seem pretty bleak. While we wait for governments to fix the problems, there are people...

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Universal Credit is making us hungry

If Universal Credit had ears they’d be burning. Barely a week goes by without a headline or news story detailing its roll out as it steadily sweeps across the country – one thing is clear, Universal Credit has well and truly arrived in Scotland. In fact, it’s been...

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Hungry Scots, and what we can do about it

Last year a food bank parcel was given out in Scotland for every copy of The Scotsman bought between 2012 and 2016. Hundreds of thousands of Scots are now turning to emergency food aid to feed themselves and their families. Half those who are using food banks are...

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Realising the right to food: a global challenge

When I first started working on food insecurity in Scotland, I never imagined it might take me to debate issues as wide ranging as sovereignty over natural resources and violence against women with campaigners from countries as diverse as Sierra Leone and Canada. But...

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A future without food banks?

There are over 200 food banks operating in Scotland, with the first one opening just seven years ago. We are all too familiar with this trajectory. The cost of living is going up, while wages and benefits stagnate. More and more people in work are turning to emergency...

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What is A Menu for Change?

Our project partners highlight the food insecurity challenge faced in Scotland and how our project plans to tackle it. This short video filmed at our The Scottish Parliament is a brief introduction to our project. It features all our project partners from Oxfam...

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