Feeding Britain Updates

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Webinar Recordings:

If you missed our most recent webinars, you can watch the recordings below. Please feel free to share these with anyone you think might find it useful.

 Supporting a transition from food banks to food clubs and reducing dependency on emergency food provision (25th Jan). You can view the recording here.

Culturally appropriate food for food clubs (22nd Feb). You can view the recording here.

Sharing and shaping local authority policy and practice in the prevention of hunger (21st March). You can view the recording here.

Feeding Britain Podcast: In our latest podcast episode, Andrew is joined by Helen Fielding who explains the way in which the London Food Bus model works including its recent addition of an old milk float to reach more areas. Helen details the benefits of the mobile model that reduces cost, meets people where they are, and enables those with limited mobility to access nutritious food at affordable prices.– You can listen to the episode on all major podcast platforms including Spotify and Apple.

One Step Closer to Auto-Registration for Healthy Start:Following a cross-party letter coordinated by Emma Lewell-Buck MP last year, in collaboration with Feeding Britain, the government has announced a reform which entails more proactive use of data by the government. This will mean that existing data held by DWP can be used by the NHS BSA to contact eligible families directly in order to encourage them to enrol for Healthy Start. We welcome this news which we hope will help secure higher take-up of this vital scheme. Find out more here.

Food Supplies From Farms: Real Farming Trust have developed the LUSH model (Linking Up Suppliers and Food Hubs), to help get good food from farms into community food projects in a way that is financially sustainable for the farmers and the projects. You can watch this video case study and read the attached guide. Our partners at Good Food Glasgow have used this model to connect with local farms, and helped to shape the materials.

Food Standards Agency Report: Please see this report by the Food Standards Agency suggesting that, against a troubling backdrop of food insecurity, a higher proportion of people now access food clubs, such as social supermarkets, than food banks. This is a partial reflection of the big changes in grassroots provision. 

Access, Dignity and Choice Article: Please see this article entitled, ‘Access, dignity, and choice: social supermarkets and the end of the food bank model in the UK?’, written by Ronald Ranta et al. The findings of this article demonstrate that social supermarket provision is more inclusive and mindful of the diversity and agency of members, doing away with preconceived ideas of food support recipients as passive citizens. The article argues that social supermarkets offer an alternative model for providing food support and one that could be replicated broadly or used side-by-side with food banks.