"When you are hungry, you get angry, anger changes behaviour. If I share my experiences, then others can share theirs and it takes a weight of their shoulders."
We believe that those who have faced the adversities of food poverty have unique expertise, assets and perspectives that can help local food poverty alliances better develop strategic and long-term solutions. Whether managing on a tight budget, making difficult decisions of purchasing food or fuel, or knowing when and where to get preferred food, experts by experience have important insights of what works and doesn’t in everyday life.
Food Power supports alliances to empower those with lived experience of food poverty to become experts by experience. Our aim is for experts by experience to become embedded at a strategic level for the long term, so they are able to influence projects, policy and services locally and nationally.
There are many ways for alliances to start exploring this, such as oversight and scrutiny of analliance, facilitating their own activities or in the development of a food poverty action plan. We are working in partnership with experts by experience to co-design methodology and tools which can allow for meaningful involvement, reflecting on successes and challenges to adapt approaches for different demographics and geography.
Food poverty alliances can take action by:
Contact Ben Pearson to learn more about Food Power's work in this area.
The Green House
244-254 Cambridge Heath Road
Food Power is a project of Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming.