Food poverty is consistent access to adequate food being limited by a lack of money and other resources. End Child Poverty Coalition have reported that more than half of Greater Manchester’s wards have child poverty rates of 25% or more, while the number of emergency food providers in the city region has more than doubled in five years – GMPA has counted and mapped over 170 providers.
The Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance, coordinated by GMPA, is an alliance of people and organisations from every borough of Greater Manchester, working together on a more strategic and better coordinated response to food poverty in our city region. This year we are co-producing the Food Poverty Action Plan for Greater Manchester, setting actions to:
Reduce and prevent food poverty
Build resilience and support communities to plan and adapt to the challenge of food poverty
Address structural and economic issues that underlie food poverty, such as the benefits system, unemployment and precarious and low-paid employment
Who is involved
The Food Poverty Alliance has over 100 people and organisations involved, including many who have lived experience of food poverty themselves, and many more representing businesses, charities, and councils. We have involvement from each of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. However, we would always welcome more participants – please sign up to get involved here
It is coordinated by Greater Manchester Poverty Action and is part of the national Food Power program.