Our food system is complex. The mission to transform our food system means addressing food poverty as well as health factors and the environmental impacts of food production. Many areas of Glasgow have limited local access to healthy affordable food sources, and this is one of the problems the Glasgow City Food Plan is trying to address. Whether you are seeking support, want to find out more, or are looking for ways to contribute to food system change, we hope some of the resources below will be useful.
Glasgow Community Food Network Food Services Map
This map hosted by Glasgow Community Food Network shows a range of food services active in Glasgow. This includes food banks and pantries, community meals, and community gardens.
Independent Food Aid Network’s Worrying About Money Leaflet
Glasgow Pantry and Larder Directory
Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership have created a Directory of the Food Pantries and Larders in Glasgow. The Pantry model means that you pay a membership and a set price per shop, and this typically allows you to buy 10 items. Pantries often incorporate other services so do have a look at the Directory to see what is on offer.
Govan Community Project
Govan Community Project provide support for those in the asylum process to access community food services. They run a food support helpline (0800 310 0054) which is open from 10am-1pm Monday to Thursday, and which can provide vouchers to use at food pantries.
The Marie Trust
The Marie Trust deliver a wide range of services specifically aimed at supporting homeless or at-risk individuals to access the immediate support they need but most importantly offering routes out of homelessness. Their support offering also includes a daily café which serves breakfast and lunch with free options available.
Glasgow Helps is a search tool to help people find support in their communities. They have a telephone service where you can receive advice on the support available to you. Interpreters can be arranged for this service. The number is 0141 276 1185. You can also complete a referral form for support here and Glasgow Helps will be in touch with you.
Scottish Government Cost of Living Support
The Scottish Government have a Cost of Living Support site which helps you to check the support you are entitled to.
Scottish Welfare Fund
Glasgow City Council can provide crisis grants in particular circumstances. Information on eligibility and how to apply here.
The Glasgow City Food Plan
The Glasgow City Food Plan is a holistic 10-year plan aiming for Glasgow to be recognised for its good food and as a city where tasty, healthy, affordable food is accessible to everyone.
You can read the Glasgow City Food Plan, find out about it’s development, and annual reporting here.
If you would like to find out more about Good Food work happening in Glasgow, you can follow us on Instagram @goodfoodforglasgow or Twitter and Facebook @glasgowfpp, or listen to The Good Food For Glasgow Podcast, available via linktr.ee/glasgowfpp
Cost of Living Support Services
Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership have compiled a list of supports available in Glasgow. These include Food Supports, Money Advice Supports, Energy and Fuel Supports, Crisis Supports, Specific Population, Housing/Legal Supports, Practical Supports, Support Directories and Helpline Supports. The list can be viewed below.
Glasgow Community Food Network’s Demand For Land Campaign Pack
This pack of resources is great for those who are interested in acquiring land for growing or who want to know more about the barriers to doing this.
Glasgow Sustainable Food Directory
Created by Slow Food Glasgow and Glasgow Food Policy Partnership, the Glasgow Sustainable Food Directory is useful if you’d like to find shops and places to eat which serve delicious and sustainable food.
Glasgow Community Food Network Covid-19 Response Report
To find out more about how emergency food provision has functioned in Glasgow, you can read Glasgow, Tackling Food Poverty with a City Plan: Pathways to a Just Recovery. The report gives an excellent overview of the wider context, causal factors, and responses to food poverty.
Health Improvement Information from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
You can find out more about NHSGGC’s Health Improvement projects and initiatives on their website. You can find information on healthy living as well as signposting to available services. Specific information on Early Years can be found here.