GMPA’s Food Security Programme
5 million people in the UK are “food insecure”, and half of these reported having missed meals or otherwise had their diets affected in the last month. At GMPA we have mapped almost 250 food support providers across Greater Manchester, who provide millions of meals per year. While food aid is a lifeline for people in this situation, it cannot reduce or prevent food insecurity, as it does not resolve the underlying causes. The only sustainable, long-term resolution to food insecurity is to ensure everyone has access to a decent and reliable income.
Our work on food security began by convening the GM Food Poverty Alliance, over 100 people and organisations, including many with lived experience of food insecurity. The Alliance co-produced and published the GM Food Poverty Action Plan, outlining the actions needed for a concerted strategic response to address the underlying causes of food insecurity in our city region.
Since then, our Food Security Programme has been piloting a new approach to supporting people experiencing food poverty, beginning in Tameside and Oldham – a referral tool that enables anyone who refers people to a food bank to first identify income maximisation advice for people. You can read more about the Food Security Pilots here, and can also give feedback or report usage on the same page if you have been using the tool.
We have also been working to encourage implementation of the plan across GM, and advising GM’s food response to Covid-19.
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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