Tackling food poverty

Wednesday March 21st, 2018

Projects that help people move away from emergency food support and get access to healthy, nutritious food will be offered funding for a further year.Government Opportunities

The £1 million a year Fair Food Fund is being continued in 2018-19 to enable existing projects to continue their work. In addition, a further £1 million over the next two years will fund new activity to support children facing food insecurity, particularly during school holidays.

Equalities Secretary Angela Constance made the announcement on a visit to Central and West Integration Network, a Fair Food Fund supported project in Glasgow.

Ms Constance said:

“No child should go hungry in a country as prosperous as ours. We provide free school meals for all pupils in P1-3 and for those from a low income background throughout their time at school. But it’s clear that for some families, facing a daily struggle to make ends meet, there is an issue providing nutritious food out of school terms.

I want to address that so I’m pleased to announce we will be investing an additional £1 million over the next two year to focus specifically on supporting children in this situation.

I am also delighted that we will continue to support existing Fair Food Fund projects for a further year. This funding is making a real difference for people, and projects like the Central and West Integration Network are delivering vital support that enables people to access meals, learn new skills, make new friends and contribute to their local community.”

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