Tackling food poverty through people-powered change
Food Power aims to strengthen the ability of local communities to reduce food poverty, through solutions developed in partnership and with the support of peers from across the UK. Our goal is to transform the way that people experiencing food poverty access support so they can create long-term, sustainable lives that are free from hunger.
We support coordinated approaches to tackling food poverty in over 80 areas across the UK, tailored to the particular locality and unique policy contexts across the four nations. The four year programme is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and is led by Sustain and Church Action on Poverty.
We support alliances to tackle the root causes of food poverty, to give voice to people experiencing food poverty, and to evaluate and share what works well. The programme includes four main work streams:
What do we mean by food poverty?
Food poverty, or household food insecurity, encompasses both the affordability of food, as well as its availability within local communities. It is vital that household food insecurity is seen as being driven by both the affordability and availability of a healthy diet. Food poverty has multiple negative impacts on individuals’ health and wellbeing. It is important to ensure that people can access a healthy diet in a socially acceptable way and have sufficient certainty about how they will secure a healthy diet for themselves and their households. Food Power uses the definitions below to set out both the scope and impact of food poverty.
Read more about Sustain's work on food poverty.
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Food Power is a project of Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming.