Children's food insecurity in Shropshire
Join our online workshop in October
In 2020, a lot of our work as an alliance was focused around our research into children's food insecurity. We are encouraging people to join us for an online workshop in October to discuss how we can build on what we learnt through this project and bring about change in Shropshire. The session will be a chance to hear from community groups and organisations working to improve children’s access to healthy, affordable food across Shropshire. It will be an opportunity to celebrate achievements, learn from each other and identify priority areas of work as we look forward to how we can build back fairer in response to the Covid crisis.
Wednesday 6th October, 4pm-5.30pm
Child food insecurity in Shropshire: Working together to find solutions
The session will be an opportunity to:
Celebrate the successes of projects run by community organisations across Shropshire.
Learn from the many projects across Shropshire and further afield.
Hear more about the Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance’s research into children’s food insecurity.
Consider priority areas to continue and strengthen, along with new projects to start, and potential joint funding bids to develop that could improve access to healthy, affordable food in Shropshire.
This will be an interactive session, with a mixture of presentations and breakout rooms for discussion, so we encourage you to bring along your ideas and share your thoughts.
There has been a huge amount of energy around reducing children’s food insecurity this year. We hope this session will be the starting point to reduce children’s food insecurity in Shropshire
Learn more about other projects taking place across the UK
In Oswestry OsNosh prepare a weekly lunch on thursday which is open to all on a Pay as You Feel basis. Using surplus food they are able to feed anyone in the community at a low cost, bringing people together to share a meal.
In Ludlow, the Rockspring Community Centre hold a weekly meal for the community. For £2 diners are able to come together to enjoy a hot meal and a pudding.
UK Food Projects
There are some fantastic community led food projects running across the UK which increase access to low cost affordable food. Many of these projects could work well in rural parts of Shropshire:
Affordable Food Boxes
A scheme in Chesterfield provides low income households with an affordable box of food for a weekly cost of £7. The food is sourced from Fareshare and each box would have cost around £40 if bought directly from a supermarket.
Food Clubs & Pantries
There are many Food Clubs opening across the country. For example the Mustard Tree Food Club allows people to choose 10 food items in return for a £2 weekly membership fee. In Stockport the local Housing Association has partnered with Church Action on Poverty to open Food Pantries. In return for a weekly membership fee of £2.50 members are able to choose 10 items of food. They are now rolling out their pantry model across the UK.
In Wales over 300 schools and other community venues run food co-ops where people come together to group buy fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs and bakery items, saving the average customer £220 per year.
Good Food Hubs
Good Food Hubs are being trialled in Liverpool. They re-imagine meals on wheels to create a service which feeds everyone the community well. Community centres act as Good Food Hubs, where meals can be ordered for delivery (either to the centre or to the persons home). Slow cooker bags which contain prepared ingredients are available for people with limited mobility. They also supply a 'safety box' which contains everything you would need in your cupboards after hospital discharge.
Breakfast Clubs & Holiday Hunger
Fruit & Veg Vouchers
Children's Centres in six parts of the UK can give Rose Vouchers to low income families which can be exchanged for fresh fruit and vegetables. Most of the schemes partner with local market traders, but in Liverpool they have a mobile fruit and vegetable van which travels around the city. In London the NHS are also trialling prescriptions for fruit & vegetables as part of a wider Social Prescribing trial.