What we learnt from the research
Shaping Places for Healthier Lives
In 2021, the Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance formed part of a project team with Shropshire Council – Public Health, Healthwatch Shropshire and Citizens Advice Shropshire to research food insecurity in South West Shropshire.
The project was the result of a successful bid to the ‘Shaping Places for Healthier Lives’ grant funding from the Local Government Association (LGA) supported by Health Foundation. ‘Shaping Places’ focuses on reducing health inequalities by addressing a complex problem. In our case, this is food insecurity.
Over the past few months we have focussing on South West Shropshire, working alongside communities to better understand the reasons causing food insecurity and the impact it has on people’s lives. Our findings will inform our final application to the LGA in May for £300,000 funding over the next 3 years. If we are successful, this will then enable us to meaningfully co-produce and deliver sustainable action to address food insecurity with our rural communities across the whole of Shropshire. Our work has taken a whole-system approach, recognising the complex nature of food insecurity and the multiple strands of action needed to combat it.