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New map shows patterns of food insecurity in the UK


A new map developed by the The University of Sheffield Institute for Sustainable Food modelled on data from the Food Foundation has been able to identify food insecurity at a local authority scale. The data from the Food Foundation was from an online survey of 4,231 adults in the UK conducted on January 29 to February 2 this year.



The data collected used 3 mains categories to measure food insecurity, those who experienced hunger because they did not have enough food to eat, any indication that an individual is struggling to access food such as cutting back on meals and healthy food and those who have worried about being able to access adequate amounts of food for their household.


The new maps shows that in Shropshire in January 2021:

  • 5 % of adults experienced hunger because they did not have enough to eat

  • 14% of adults struggled to have food

  • 9% of adults worried about having enough food



The areas worst impacted by food insecurity are Wycombe, in Buckinghamshire, with 14% of people estimated to be hungry and nearly 30% of people struggling to access food, and Hull, with 13% of people being hungry and more than one in five adults who struggled to access food.


Dr Megan Blake, from the University of Sheffield Institute for Sustainable Food, said:


“We hope this clear breakdown of the data will be a useful resource for local authorities and the Government to use to address the challenges facing all people living with food insecurity, and that help can be tailored and targeted to those communities who need it, as the answer is not as simple as opening more food banks.”