The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional barriers to accessing food for some households.
Food delivery is a key challenge. More people are relying on home delivery services in order to minimise social contact. This is particularly important for those who are at high risk and are required to stay at home. Demand has placed considerable pressure on these services. Some who live far from food retailers and do not have access to transport may be impacted by this too.
Many will have experienced worry about their income whilst non-essential sectors have needed to close. Most will be supported through UK-wide income protection programmes and social security entitlements, though some may need more immediate financial support. Some people who were already struggling with their income may have limited food reserved for longer periods of isolation.
Community food providers and food banks may be a source of food for some low income households, but these may not be able to operate a normal service at the current time.
Although there is no overall shortage of food and the sector has provided assurances that there will continue to be an equitable supply across Scotland, food is a key concern for households across the country.