MAPPING FOOD POVERTY 

We wanted to understand which parts of the county are more likely to be affected by higher levels of food poverty. With the help of CREST at University Centre, Shrewsbury we have explored a number of indicators to examine which areas of the county are most at risk. The map combines five key food poverty indicators, with the darker red areas highlighting areas at higher risk of food poverty.  

Indicators used:

  • Food retail businesses per square km

  •  benefits claimants

  • adult obesity

  • households with slow internet access

  • households without access to a vehicle

  • The location of food banks is also marked

Rural Issues

Shropshire is one of the least densely populated counties in England. Rural areas are particularly hard hit by food poverty.

 

  • a 'rural premium' on living expenses can cost rural households an additional £3000 per year

  • many rural areas are classed as ‘food deserts’. Local shops offer limited food choices, making it necessary to travel

  • few support services located in rural areas

  • poor broadband speeds/ limited mobile reception

  • high transport costs/ limited public transport