Policy & Advocacy


We will share the learning and evidence from our Practice Development, Network for Change, and research work streams with key actors to inform their policy and practice on preventing, and responding to, food insecurity. A Menu for Change will also utilise the project learning and evidence to advocate at local, Scottish and UK levels for action to prevent food insecurity and for measures to enhance the response when it does happen.


The Scottish Welfare Fund: Evidence from A Menu for Change
This briefing summarises our evidence, concerns and priorities regarding the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF), focusing specifically on Crisis Grants. Download it here.

Insights into the Impact of Universal Credit on Food Insecurity
This briefing is based on interim analysis from our qualitative research with people experiencing food crisis and from our work with local services in Dundee, Fife and East Ayrshire. Download it here.

Evidence to the Scottish Government’s Social Security Committee on social security and in-work poverty
This briefing is based on interim analysis of our research with people facing acute food insecurity and evidence from our work with a wide range of services in Dundee, Fife and East Ayrshire to improve local responses to food insecurity. Download it here. 

Strengthening the Scottish Welfare Fund – Budget briefing

Briefing for MSPs ahead of the 2020/21 Scottish budget. Download it here.

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.


A Menu for Change will undertake in-depth qualitative research with individuals experiencing food insecurity. The project will also create opportunities for emergency food aid providers to contribute data to improve knowledge and understanding.

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