We are undertaking research to build the evidence base on effective interventions to prevent the occurrence and recurrence of food insecurity, whilst collecting data to contribute to building a more accurate picture of the scale and causes of food insecurity in Scotland.

The main piece of research will have two elements, ‘journeying back’ with individuals to identify earlier intervention points where if the appropriate support had been provided income and food crisis may have been prevented, and longitudinal enquiry to understand an individuals’ journey in the ‘aftermath’ of experiencing income and food crisis – including longer-term outcomes.

Reports available to download:

Found Wanting – Understanding Journeys In and Out of Food Insecurity: A Longitudinal Study – October 2019

Addressing Shame as a Barrier to Advice Services for People Experiencing Food Insecurity – October 2019 

The Scottish Welfare Fund – Strengthening the Safety Net: A Study of Best Practice – June 2019

Practice Development

A Menu for Change will work intensively in three areas to support public and third sector actors to review and improve existing policy and practice to put cash, rights and dignity at the heart of the response.

Network for Change

We will engage with actors across Scotland to stimulate and harness a network for change. This work will involve highlighting good practice, sharing learning and knowledge, and raising local voices.

Policy & Advocacy

We will use the learning and evidence from A Menu for Change to advocate for policy change to increase the focus on prevention, cash and rights based responses, and dignified access to food.

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