FOOD POVERTY

In 2015-16, over 1.5 million people in the UK accessed a foodbank.

In 2015-16, over 1.5 million people in the UK accessed a foodbank. This included unemployed, disabled, low paid workers, elderly and around 600,000 children. This figure doesn’t take account of the thousands of people who don’t access food banks and borrow money to feed themselves, or those who go silently hungry until they can next afford food. Additionally, there are thousands of families across the country living on the verge of food crisis, whose income doesn’t allow for fresh food in their diets.

Of the 1.5 million people who did access food aid from foodbanks in the past year, most were given a parcel of non-perishable, ultra processed food. Shockingly, our research indicated that up to 40% of the foodbank package is not used by the recipient as the parcels aren’t designed to feed people well. With numbers of people falling into crisis set to increase with austerity measures, we’re campaigning for a better response. We’ve designed a fresh food aid model, ensuring social justice for people in food poverty. At a time when we campaign for healthier food provision for children in schools and sugar taxes and raise awareness of the obesity crisis and the nutritional impact of processed food, it is only right that we work to improve the food given to people who are unable to feed themselves; those in desperate need of good nutrition.

What we’re doing to combat food poverty

To date we have held 3 food poverty conferences, bringing together 165 organisations to find solutions to food poverty in Merseyside and across the country. These conferences and subsequent working groups enabled us to pull together a position statement on the state of food poverty in Liverpool. Additionally, we have produced our own food aid packages which contain predominantly fresh food, accompanied by ambient goods and recipes to enable people to use the complete package, feeding them with nutritious food for 5 whole days.

We hope to work alongside current food aid providers to pilot this package.

Share Your Lunch

In partnership with the Liverpool Echo, we have been able to provide 10,000 fresh meals to hungry families in Merseyside in the past 12 months

Can Cook are a social enterprise; we trade commercially and invest our profits into creating Real Living Wage jobs for local people, and providing fresh, chilled meals, free of charge to families in food poverty. We chose to structure ourselves in this way in response to the growing number of people going hungry in the UK, and the lack of fresh food available to them.

In 2016, we partnered with our local newspaper, the Liverpool Echo, to further our impact by raising awareness and funds to feed hungry households in Merseyside. The response to date has been incredible, raising over £50,oo0 to provide essential fresh food to families in difficulty.

2017 will see the launch of phase 2 of the campaign, focusing on providing good food for children through the school holidays, and extending our reach to more families in the region. through the provision of Good Food Banks.

Food poverty can be stopped with the right partners on board, please contact laura@cancook.co.uk for further information.

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