A Food Poverty reduction plan for Exeter
Food Poverty is a reality in Exeter, as it is across the UK, with use of food banks growing every year since records began in 2012. There is vigorous action being taken to help those in food poverty with their immediate needs, for example by Exeter Food Action.
But tackling food poverty – at its root causes – is a strategic priority for Food Exeter. We are part of the national Food Power programme. The goal is to transform the way that people experiencing food poverty can access support and create long-term, sustainable lives that are free from hunger. Critical to this will be engaging local people and local alliances, giving voice to those experiencing food poverty, influencing practice on the ground and levering in additional resources.
A key element in our approach is likely to be the development of community food clubs, and linking those with local suppliers and growers, possibly as a form of community-supported, affordable food cooperative. We shall also be organising a Food Poverty Summit this year.
School and Holiday Hunger
The Food Poverty Working Group has been looking at ways to make school meal clubs (breakfast, lunch, after school) and holiday food clubs (to address children not getting enough food in the holidays) more systematically provided across the city. At present, provision is patchy. A Food Exeter collaboration with St Sidwells, Exeter Food Action and ten local schools has seen a regular Cookery School taking place each summer and this will expand in future.
This work is being taken forward by our Food Poverty Working Group. If you would like to be part of this work, please contact us.
Read more about food poverty here