Tackling Food Poverty and diet related ill-health + Access to affordable healthy food

Plymouth has high levels of child poverty and many people living in the city are at risk of food insecurity (particularly those living on lower incomes, such as families and older adults claiming benefit pensions). We know that we face a number of challenges in relation to food in the city. Food prices have risen, and some areas do not have access to affordable healthy food meaning that the number of people affected by food vulnerability continues to grow.

Our main action in this theme is the recent creation of a Plymouth ‘Food Poverty alliance’, which is made up of a range of our partners who are already engaged in food and poverty work. This alliance aims to to coordinate a tailored ‘Food Poverty Action Plan’ for the city. This action plan is currently underway and  will be co-created through consultations to engage the views of those with lived experience of food poverty.

An example of ‘best practice’ in Plymouth within this theme is the work being undertaken by our partners CaterEd: Recognising the impact of food insecurity, household income and the potential effects of school holidays for families entitled to free school meals throughout the school terms, Ed’s Big Summer Food Tour and Lunch at the Library (in partnership with the Library Service) aims to support families with access to freshly prepared lunches and free fun activities across a range of outdoor spaces and within libraries to support learning, reading through the Summer Reading Challenge and other interactions. This is a vitally important service to support the stark reality of #HolidayHunger

Plymouth Food Equality Commission January 2019

Poverty in Plymouth Facts

  • 11500 children are living in poverty in Plymouth
  • Numbers of individuals and families accessing the local Food Bank are increasing
  • Around 19% (8,000) of children aged under 16 years old are living in low income families in Plymouth
  • Life expectancy is 8.0 years lower for men and 6.3 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Plymouth than in the least deprived areas.
  • The roll out of Universal credit in Plymouth is predicted to affect approx 32000 people in relation to what they can afford to buy

Partners who are in Food Poverty Alliance:

We welcome new partners! – if you would like to get involved in our Food Poverty theme of work then please contact us