Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network
The Foundation convened a meeting with several organisations working directly around the issue of food poverty.
The outcome of the meeting was a commitment to pilot testing a co-ordinated response to addressing food poverty and improving infrastructure in addressing what is an increasing concern.The Foundation was also able to match a donor to invest in the pilot phase.
Since 2012 Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network has come together to tackle food insecurity across the county. It currently focuses on campaigning and raising public awareness in partnership with the national #End Hunger UK campaign. You can find out more here.
Online Food Aid Directory
Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network has an online Food Aid Directory covering Food Banks and free or low cost food venues across the county. The Directory is not exhaustive but is a good starting point for referring individuals or families to food aid support. It also indicates food banks that are able to share food surplus with other agencies when available.
Please click on the link to access a copy: Food Aid Directory
The current work of Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network
Thanks to a successful award from the Big Lottery Help Through Crisis Fund, Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network is working in partnership with Re:store Northampton, Springs Family Centre and Citizens Advice Northampton and East Northamptonshire to tackle poverty.
Northamptonshire Community Foundation will continue to facilitate the Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network campaigning for change, promoting best practice in supporting people in crisis and develop a programme for clients of the partnerships to shape local services including volunteer placements and training to help build skills and aspirations.
End Hunger Northamptonshire
The network are working alongside and supporting the national End Hunger UK campaign to urge local politicians to take poverty seriously and tackle issues such as children going hungry during school holidays.
Find out more about the End Hunger UK campaign here.
Love Food Hate Waste Campaign
Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network is supporting the national 'Love Food Hate Waste' campaign and you can read more about this initiative here.