Since we started the Food Hub in April 2016, we’ve become more and more aware of the struggle many people in our town have to put healthy, nutritious food on the table.
Food poverty is a growing problem in Shrewsbury. Our Food Bank is supporting more people than ever. Our member schools are asking for more food so they can feed pupils at break time and give food parcels to families.. Recent research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that poverty is increasingly affecting working families, and that reductions in benefits and tax credits are tipping people into crisis. Across the county 1 in 5 children are living in poverty, with areas of Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Market Drayton and Oswestry are in the top 10% or 20% most deprived in England, and many rural areas falling into the top 40%.
We are really pleased to announce that we have been awarded funding by Sustain Food Power and Shropshire Council to develop a Food Poverty Action Plan to help ensure that everyone gets a healthy, nutritious diet in Shropshire. During 2018 we will bring together stakeholders across the county to map the current situation, identify gaps in provision and potential solutions, creating clarity about the best ways to help everyone have access to good food.
We'll be asking for evidence and for groups that would like to take part in developing the plan in the New Year. Please contact us for more information https://www.shrewsburyfoodhub.org.uk/contact