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Food poverty action plans

Sustain has worked with a wide range of local alliances and networks to develop strategic responses to food poverty through our Food Power programme, London Food Poverty Campaign and the Sustainable Food Places network. Below is a selection of food poverty action plans and needs assessments from across the UK. In some areas a set of actions around food poverty is included in a wider food plan, see the Sustainable Food Places website for examples.

Sustain has also published a short guide to developing food poverty action plans which offers advice on drafting and delivering local food poverty action or similar plans, based on analysis of a number of recently-produced local food poverty strategies or plans. The guide also highlights some of the impact that some of these plans have had. 

Download our food poverty action plan guide


East of England and Midlands


North West, North East and Yorkshire

  • Lancaster District Food Poverty Alliance: Our Five Year Action Plan (Lancaster, 2021)
  • Food Poverty in Doncaster: 2019 Action Plan (Doncaster, 2019)
  • Food Poverty Action Plan for Greater Manchester (Greater Manchester, 2019)
  • Definition of food poverty: Being unable to access good, fresh food by choice (Liverpool, 2016)
  • Seeking justice: How to understand and end food poverty in York (York, 2019)

South East and South West

Northern Ireland

  • Enough is Enough: Food poverty scoping exercise (Belfast, 2015)   


  • Food poverty/ insecurity in Aberdeen (Aberdeen, 2017)
  • An Action Plan for Tackling Food Poverty/ Insecurity in Aberdeen (Aberdeen, 2019)
  • Fairer Moray Forum Food Poverty Action Plan (Moray, 2019)


  • Building resilience: Food Cardiff's five year food security plan (Cardiff, 2018
  • Good Food Charter: Good Food for Everyone / Siarter Bwyd Da: Bywd Da I Bawb (North Wales, 2018)
  • Food Poverty in South Wales: A call to action / Tlodi Bwyd Yn Ne Cymru: Galwad I Weithredu (South Wales, 2019

Please contact us if you'd like to include your area's food poverty action plan.

Food Poverty: Over 8 million people in the UK struggle to get enough to eat. Sustain is working with communities, third-sector organisations, local authorities and government, aiming to make sure everyone can eat well.

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