Food poverty is a symptom of wider societal issues, including socio-economic and environmental factors and the impact of welfare reforms. It is widespread and growing in Glasgow although we don’t yet have accurate ways of measuring the exact scale. Those experiencing food poverty have different challenges and find solutions in different ways.
Our vision is a Glasgow where everyone can routinely access and enjoy sufficient healthy, affordable food.
- Food poverty is one dimension of poverty and should not be viewed in isolation. It is preventable.
- Addressing food poverty requires actions to support those in crisis, provide pathways out of food poverty, and tackle the root causes of food poverty.
- Emergency food aid is currently part of the response to food poverty but should link to broader strategies to lift people out of poverty and prevent future crises.
- Community initiatives and local enterprise must play an important part in any response to food poverty, but they cannot do it alone.
Working with partners, stakeholders and the wider Glasgow community our aims are to:
- Raise awareness of the relationship between poverty and food and fuel poverty.
- Build links between approaches to food poverty and wider work on tackling poverty in Glasgow.
- Identify opportunities to streamline and improve funding for the city’s food projects.
- Improve links between food poverty projects, including emergency food aid and welfare advice.
- Make connections between organisations and projects that can help prevent crises through improving access to affordable food, developing skills and building resilience in our communities.
- Improve information sharing and collaboration, including mapping existing food projects.
- Highlight the wide ranging benefits of food projects, such as improvements in skills, confidence, social interaction, social capital, and local access to food, as well as making links to other services.
- Explore opportunities to support communities seeking to improve local access to affordable food.
We endorse the joint statement on food poverty from the leaders of Glasgow and Edinburgh City Councils (January 2015) and support the work of joint Glasgow- Edinburgh working group on food poverty established as a result of the statement.