The Brighton & Hove Food Poverty Action Plan takes a city-wide partnership approach to tackling food poverty, in a climate where there is reduced funding against a backdrop of increasing need.
The plan aims to reduce levels of both long term food poverty (“household food insecurity”) and of crisis or ‘emergency’ food poverty including food bank use. There is a focus on tackling the underlying causes of food poverty – not just picking up the pieces. There is an aspiration to promote shared eating and on ‘becoming the city that cooks and eats together.’ Over 78 actions, each with an agreed lead partner, work towards these goals.
Over 50 cross sector partners are signatories to the plan and agreed to adopt 10 principles underpinning this approach to food poverty work including focusing scarce resources on those most at risk, and seeking to measure levels of food poverty in order to better understand it and track progress. Key stakeholders include:
- Brighton & Hove City Council (partners in over half of the actions)
- Other statutory sector organisations
- Community, voluntary & faith groups
- Food banks – via the Emergency Food Network
- Shared meals settings
- Advice services
If you or someone you know is experiencing food poverty please see our advice pages.