GMPA’s Food Security 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 security coordinates action across the city region, to address the underlying causes of food insecurity.

Food insecurity is not caused by a shortage of food, rather it is a product, or symptom, of poverty.

The GM Food Poverty Action Plan

In 2018 we convened over 100 people and organisations, including many with lived experience of food insecurity, to develop a concerted strategic response 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 insecurity?” 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 Security Programme Coordinator here, and sign up to receive GMPA’s newsletter, including updates on our food security programme, here.


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

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