Food & Wellbeing

Food poverty is multi dimensional and affects vulnerable people the most. It is caused by a range of factors: low or no income and a rising cost of living make it more and more difficult for people to feed themselves and their families. Most costs are fixed but food isn’t, so it is often the first thing that has to go when people are struggling financially.

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FI Food Poverty Alliance National action article for GM Poverty Action

National Action needed to end food poverty

by Tom Skinner As regular readers of this newsletter will know, GMPA coordinates the Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance, and launched the Food Poverty Action Plan for Greater Manchester earlier this year. The Action Plan describes how we should work together (and in many cases, already are working together) at the local level to help

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Increasing access to health support in Salford

Outreach and Engagement Approaches by Angela Eden, Health Improvement Manager Salford Health Improvement Service is a frontline, neighbourhood based health and wellbeing service which delivers a broad range of community initiatives to help people make behaviour changes. Our core areas of work most often cover areas such as smoking, weight support, healthy eating, physical activity

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Miles Platting Community Grocer

Food clubs go by many names such as food pantries, social supermarkets and community grocers. What they have in common is a membership scheme by which people pay a small amount and are able to choose from a wide range of foods of a much greater value. You can read more about them, and other

Food Ladders

A multi-scaled approach to everyday food security and community resilience by Dr Megan Blake, University of Sheffield Dr. Megan Blake is a member of Reference Group for GMPA’s Food Poverty Alliance. The Alliance  recommends place-based approaches to tackling food poverty, to complement city-regional and national action, and the following approach can be used to frame

Healthy Start vouchers - Sustain for GM Poverty Action

Healthy Start vouchers

Thousands of women and children miss out on healthy food scheme in 2018 Press release issued by Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming Charities and health groups have warned Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock that low-income women and children in over 130,000 households are missing out on £28.6m

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Kellogg’s double breakfast club grants

In March Kellogg’s pledged to support the Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance in several ways, including increased their support for breakfast clubs across the city region. Now they have published a report showing the scale of hunger in the classroom, and committed more resources across the country. This is part of an expansion of their

Holiday playschemes funding article for GM Poverty Action

Funding for playschemes

The Greater Manchester Food Poverty Action Plan, which we launched in March, calls for concerted action to provide food with activities for children and young people during school holidays. Manchester Holiday Buzz is a great example of this, involving businesses, charities, the council and housing associations. Manchester Holiday Buzz Playscheme Fund 2019-2020 Young Manchester is

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Cracking Good Food collection

Any spare mugs, saucepans, trowels, watering cans? As part of the Greater Manchester Food Poverty Action Plan launched in March 2019, Cracking Good Food have set up a sponsorship package to facilitate some offers of support through their organisation.  Find out more here They have also put out a call for all unwanted cooking and growing

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Inspiring Communities Together

Food Matters Over the past year Inspiring Communities Together in partnership with Age UK Salford, Salford Royal and Salford City Council Public Health Team and other community venues have tested a variety of approaches to try and address community food-related issues. The approach developed delivered a programme of activities across the life course of start

GM Food Poverty Action Plan Pledges update

Taking Action on Food Poverty

Greater Manchester Takes Action Together on Food Poverty In the month since we launched the Food Poverty Action Plan, we have been meeting leaders, businesses, and charities to ask what they will do to make the plan a reality. The response has been very positive, with over 30 organisations covering most of Greater Manchester’s boroughs,

GMFPA Pledge for GM Poverty Action

Can you pledge?

  More than 50 pledges have been made by people and organisations across Greater Manchester, to implement the recommended actions in the Food Poverty Action Plan. Here Mylo Kaye from the charity “Pledge” talks about action that he is taking to tackle food poverty. Can you pledge to take action on food poverty by starting

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Launch of the Food Poverty Action Plan

Last week GMPA launched Greater Manchester’s first ever Food Poverty Action Plan to a packed hall in Manchester. The Action Plan was the culmination of 10 months work by over 100 people and organisations, which I have had the privilege of coordinating. With over 600,000 people, including 200,000 children, living in poverty in Greater Manchester

FI Mags Adams article for GM Poverty Action

Underlying Causes of Food Poverty

Addressing the underlying causes of food poverty By Dr Mags Adams Dr Mags Adams is Senior Research Co-ordinator at UCLAN’s Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change. She chaired one of the sub-groups of the Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance, which recommended actions for the Food Poverty Action Plan to address the underlying causes of food

Mental health and Universal Credit - claimants experiences fro GM Poverty Action

Mental Health & UC

Investigating Claimant Experiences By Joe Pardoe, PhD Student at the University of Salford Research has shown that recent changes to the benefits system, especially the roll-out of Universal Credit, have profoundly impacted the UK’s poorest communities. This has been found to partly account for the massive increase in national rates of poverty, particularly child poverty.

Holiday Hunger

A Snapshot of Activities and Food Provision in Greater Manchester Children and young people who rely on school meals during term time, often struggle to be well fed during school holidays. If there is not enough food at home, hunger can be especially acute at these times, which can be socially isolating and detrimental to

End Hunger UK Conference 2018 Charlie Spring for GM Poverty Action

End Hunger UK – Conference 2018

A growing movement? End Hunger UK conference 2018 By Dr Charlie Spring, University of Sheffield On World Food Day 2018, the End Hunger UK campaign convened its second annual conference in Westminster to discuss the growing movement around household food insecurity in the UK. A broad coalition of food aid providers, think tanks, faith leaders,

Stockport Homes Pantry article for GM Poverty Action

Your Local Pantry

“It’s more than just a full tummy, it’s a massive link in the community” Stockport Homes opened the doors to its first pantry in 2014. This was a time of welfare reform and the surge in food bank vouchers allocated in Stockport made it apparent that there needed to be another option available, one that

Foodbanks article for GM Poverty Action

Existence of foodbanks tells us all we need to know

By Graham Whitham Last week it was reported that government ministers have drawn up plans to investigate how many people are being forced to seek emergency food support and the reasons why . For many people this will feel several years too late, as the huge growth in foodbanks since 2010 has provided ample evidence

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Reflections on the Food Power conference

Charlie Spring, chair of the “Measuring and Monitoring” sub-group of the Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance, represented us at the first ever conference of Food Power, the national body of food poverty alliances. As the work of the Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance gets underway, it’s a great time to learn from the challenges and

Food Poverty Alliance sureys for GM Poverty Action

GMFPA Surveys

Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance Please tell us about action on holiday hunger and strategic work on food in each borough GMPA’s Food Poverty Alliance already has over 100 organisations working together on a Food Poverty Action Plan for Greater Manchester – you can join us here if you haven’t already – so we have

GMFPA Update article for GM Poverty Action

Update from GMPA’s Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance

Following a successful launch and empowerment evening, the real work of the Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance has begun.  The work of the Alliance is now being coordinated across several subgroups who will co-produce a Food Poverty Action Plan for Greater Manchester. The Action Plan, to be launched early next year, will be co-produced by

Launch report on GM Food Poverty Alliance for G Poverty Action

GM Food Poverty Alliance

The Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance is off to a Great Start! GMPA were delighted to launch the Food Poverty Alliance at a packed Methodist Central Hall last week. Individuals with their own experiences of food poverty and representatives from councils, charities and businesses, all came together with one aim – fighting food poverty in

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Real Food Wythenshawe

Who are Real Food Wythenshawe? Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s Real Food project is a health and wellbeing programme whose goal is to change people’s behaviour around healthy more sustainable lifestyles. The programme launched in 2013 with an aim to make Wythenshawe an exemplar of how food projects should be run in the 21st century and

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GM Food Poverty Alliance

Join the Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance The proliferation of food banks and other social food providers has been one of the largest movements of this decade – now we must work together for a Greater Manchester in which no-one has to go hungry. With lower incomes and higher costs, many people are struggling to

Language of food article by Megan Blake for GM Poverty Action

The language of food

Capitalism has coopted the language of food – costing the world millions of meals Article by Megan Blake, Director of the MA Food Security and Food Justice, University of Sheffield Hardly a day goes by when food is not in the news. We are at once encouraged to eat healthily, buy locally, and reduce food waste.

Allotment growers article for GM Poverty Action

Allot of help!

By Kal Gill-Faci, Senior Architect at Levitt Bernstein Since the start of this summer, I have been making weekly donations of organic fruit and vegetables grown on my allotment to a homeless day centre in south Manchester. I live in Urmston and have an allotment at Humphrey Park Allotments in Stretford, a sizeable self-managed site

Breakthrough article for GM Poverty Action


‘Let’s Have a Good Week’: Connecting with communities to tackle the epidemic of social isolation. The epidemic of social isolation has been making a lot of headlines recently. Research by The Jo Cox Commission put a number to a crisis that we at Breakthrough UK had long been aware of:  more than half of disabled

Trussell Trust article for GM Poverty Action

Local people providing for local people

by Lynda Batterbee, NW Area Manager Trussell Trust The Trussell Trust runs more than 400 foodbanks across the UK, 17 of which operate out of 49 locations across Greater Manchester. Each foodbank without exception is only possible because of the dedication, determination and persistence of the many countless volunteers and donors who work extremely hard

Surplus food, Megan Blake for GM Poverty Action

Surplus Food

What is it, how is it used and how can it help to solve food poverty? Surplus food may occur for a myriad of reasons: changes in the weather, a packaging error or perhaps a supplier’s contractual agreement with a retailer.  Surplus food is simply food that is not sold.  It is still perfectly edible. 

Fareshare GM article for GM Poverty Action

FareShare GM

More Food, More Help, More Need in 2017 With over 200 Community Food Members and tonnes of surplus food on the move every day, FareShare Greater Manchester is now one of busiest depots in the UK. In 2016, 1.9 million meal portions were distributed to 230 charities and community organisations across the region. Together the

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