Good Food for All is an initiative to establish a Food Poverty Alliance within Herefordshire, in order to support those who find it difficult to access healthy, nutritious food.
A national Food Power Programme led by Sustain, (the Alliance for better Food and Farming) and Church Action on Poverty, seeks to reduce the numbers of people who experience food poverty. Food poverty is defined by the UK government as "the inability of individuals and households to obtain an adequate and nutritious diet, often because they cannot afford healthy food or there is a lack of shops in their area that are easy to reach." Lack of healthy and nutritious food has detrimental effects on health and well-being, especially amongst children and vulnerable elderly people.
One of the ironies of Herefordshire is that although it is a food producing county, it is among 25% of the most deprived areas in England for geographical access to services, including shops. Average household income in the county is below the West Midlands average and 19% of households are officially defined as living in poverty. Establishing a Food Poverty Alliance to monitor the scale of the problem and develop a local Food Poverty Action Plan are necessary steps to alleviating the issue.
Brightspace has funded a feasibility study to ascertain the scale of the problem locally, and convene a prospective Food Poverty Alliance within the county. We are now waiting to hear about our bids for national funding streams which will support the Alliance's activities.
We don't currently have a suitable dataset to monitor food poverty, as it is not measured nationally. Once funding is secured we will look to measure the levels of food insecurity in the county, as well as develop and support projects which directly tackle the problem.
Brightspace will act as the Accountable Body and manage the project on behalf of the Alliance.