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GMPA’s Food Poverty Programme

Across the UK one in four parents skip meals to make ends meet, half of whom sometimes go without food for a whole day, while 4 million children are at risk of malnutrition due to low family incomes – including an estimated 100,000 children in Greater Manchester. At GMPA we have mapped over 200 food support providers across Greater Manchester, who provide millions of meals per year.

Our work on food poverty coordinates action across the city region, to address the underlying causes of food poverty.

The GM Food Poverty Action Plan

In 2018 we convened over 100 people and organisations, including many with lived experience of food poverty, to develop a concerted strategic response to food poverty in our city region, in our “GM Food Poverty Alliance” programme.

We asked, “what could Greater Manchester – all leaders, systems, institutions, businesses, charities and communities working together – do to tackle food poverty?” This resulted in the GM Food Poverty Action Plan being published in 2019 – you can read a summary here and the more comprehensive version here. You can find out more about how the plan was developed here.

Since then we have been working to encourage implementation of the plan across GM, as well as advising GM’s food response to Covid-19

You can contact our Food Poverty Programme Coordinator here, and sign up to receive GMPA’s newsletter, including updates on our food poverty programme, here.


GMPA’s food poverty programme has been funded by the following organisations: Food Power, Great Places Housing Group, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford, We Love MCR, and the GM Health & Social Care Partnership.

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