According to a recent UN study, an estimated 8.4 million people in the UK may be food insecure and shocking figures from a recent End Hunger UK survey have highlighted the scale of hidden hunger in the UK. Cambridge was named the most
unequal city in the UK and there are pockets of high deprivation in Abbey, Arbury, King’s Hedges and East Chesterton. Many people are in a situation where they have to choose between paying the rent, fuel or food. A number of initiatives run in the city to support people; Cambridge City Food Bank gave 3-day emergency food supplies to 6,458 people in 2017, an increase of around 27 % from 2016. FoodCycle Cambridge operates community meals in three different locations around the city serving around 6000 meals last year.
The Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance has been set up to strategically combat food poverty in Cambridge and to develop collaborative ways of working in the city. Our current main objective is to develop a Collaborative Food Action Plan for Cambridge. This will involve understanding the current situation within Cambridge, conducting research and analysis to gather evidence of the main causes of food poverty and develop solutions and actions that can be taken to reduce levels of food poverty.
We are looking to involve a range of stakeholders in the alliance in order to approach this issue holistically. We would really be interested in having input from organisations working in poverty alleviation to develop the Collaborative Food Action Plan. If your organisation is interested, you can formally register your interest here and we’ll be in touch soon. We hope this approach will increase the effectiveness of food poverty services in Cambridge by coordinating efforts and therefore offering a better service to those in need. For more information and to discuss this project further, please get in touch with us CFPA@cambridgesustainablefood.org.
By Kalyani Gupta