Food insecurity

Recent research estimates that more than 24,000 adults in Fife may be experiencing food insecurity. While income is the most significant cause of household food insecurity, other factors include limited availability of and access to retailers selling affordable, nutritious food; access to transport; access to cooking, storage and preparation facilities; and appropriate skills and knowledge. We need to develop a more coherent approach to tackling food insecurity in Fife and are forming a steering group to help us do this. More information will be available shortly.

It was recently confirmed that Fife is one of three local authority areas (with Dundee City and East Ayrshire) chosen to participate in a new project, ‘A Menu for Change’. The project is led by a partnership of four national organisations – Oxfam Scotland, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, Nourish Scotland and The Poverty Alliance – and funded by Big Lottery. It aims to develop different responses to food insecurity, encouraging a shift away from emergency food aid towards preventative and rights-based measures which increase the incomes of people facing crises, and support them to feel able to access food in a dignified way. As well as challenging and improving current practice, it should provide an opportunity share some of the very good experiences and initiatives underway in Fife.

For more details, please contact Gill Musk – gill.musk@fife.gov.uk