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TAKING ACTION ON FOOD POVERTY

The Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance was formed in January 2018 by a consortium of organisations who are committed to work together to tackle food poverty in Shropshire. Our membership includes public, faith and voluntary organisations including food banks from across the county. The Alliance is currently being co-ordinated by Shrewsbury Food Hub, with a steering group of organisations including Citizens Advice Shropshire, Shropshire Council, NHS, Age UK and the Food Banks.

 

We are grateful for the financial support of the the Food Power programme which provides financial support to tackle food poverty in local communities. Food Power is delivered by the Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming and Church Action on Poverty and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund. We are also grateful for support from Shropshire Council and University Centre, Shrewsbury. 

Our Vision

Everyone in Shropshire should

  • have access to sufficient good food 

  • be able to afford a healthy diet 

  • have the skills and knowledge to prepare healthy food

Taking Action

Throughout 2018 have been working to develop a Food Poverty Action Plan for Shropshire. The project has been run as a participatory process, seeking evidence and ideas from as wide a range of stakeholders as possible. It has been a priority to ensure that the voices of those who have lived experience of food poverty are heard in the process. To develop the action plan we have:

  • Mapped levels of food poverty

  • Collated the views of people with lived experience of food poverty

  • Undertaken surveys (Organisations, Individuals and Schools)

  • Visited food banks and food projects across the county

  • Invited organisations to workshops to identify solutions 

  • Researched best practice from other counties to identify which approaches might work best in Shropshire

  • Started to build partnerships between organisations to address the issue

 

Our Aims

  1. Tackle food poverty and diet related ill health

  2. Promote a healthy and sustainable diet

  3. Build community food skills and knowledge

  4. Increase access to affordable healthy food

  5. Ensure there is crisis and emergency support so that people do not go hungry

  6. Get food poverty (particularly rural) on the local and national policy agenda

  7. Research and monitor food poverty so we know if we are being effective

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