If you have experienced food poverty or if you are from an organisation or community group who support people in food poverty, the Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance would really like to hear your views through its survey or at its workshops. Workshops are being held in Shrewsbury on 13th June and 21st June, in Wem on 14th June and in Craven Arms on 29th June. All the details are on their website at www.shropshirefoodpoverty.org.uk.
Food poverty is affecting working families and those on benefits alike explains Jackie Jeffrey of Citizen’s Advice Shropshire. “We estimate about 27,000 families may have their food budgets reduced due to loss of council tax support and the introduction of Universal Credit. It is shocking that people are going to bed hungry in our community. The Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance aims to understand the current situation and create better solutions."
Emily Fay from the Shrewsbury Food Hub who are organising the Alliance said “The more people involved in developing solutions to food poverty, the stronger and more effective they will be. If you know anyone who works with people at risk of food poverty, or people who have experienced food poverty themselves, please get involved in our survey and workshops.”