The Food Access Network
People on low incomes are more likely to suffer and die from diet-related diseases such as cancer and coronary heart disease. This is partly due to inadequate access - both physical and economic - to the foods that make up a healthy diet, and this phenomenon has become known as food poverty. The Food Poverty project works with a range of local, national and international organisations to reduce these inequalities in health. It provides information and support through a database, events and a range of publications. The project also explores new ways of working with low income communities to develop appropriate policies to tackle food poverty. It is Sustain's longest running project and, like many of the community food projects it aims to support, it too has had its share of funding turmoil. However it is currently funded through a grant from the Department of Health's Section 64 programme.
Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming
Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity. Sustain represents over 100 national public interest organisations working at international, national, regional and local level.
This research was undertaken for Sustain by Food Matters, a not-for-profit consultancy, working to create more sustainable and equitable food systems, and to support others working to those aims.