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Tackling food insecurity

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: tackling food insecurity during the coronavirus

We have invested over £120 million to support people facing barriers to accessing food at this time, including:

  • £57.6 million to local authorities to support people to access food and other essentials
  • £50.3 million to our national grocery box scheme

Read our guidance for local authorities about the Food Fund for further information

  • £15 million to third sector and local community groups

Find out further information about funding for community groups. View advice from the Scottish Community Development Centre on supporting communities safely.

Find out more about help available if you are struggling to access or afford food and other essentials. 

Support for FareShare during the coronavirus 

FareShare Scotland are receiving £2.1 million from the Scottish Government to top up food stocks where supplies of surplus food are not sufficient to meet demand in the current crisis. The food will be distributed throughout their network of community food members and to local food hubs, it is available in every local authority area.

New organisations can apply to FareShare to receive food purchased by the Scottish Government. There will be no service charge applied. Organisations should contact their local FareShare regional centre to discuss their needs and how the stock is best accessed in their area.

Fair Food Fund (2019 to 2020)

In 2016 The Independent Working Group on Food Poverty, whose membership included people with lived experience of food insecurity, recommended transitioning the response to food insecurity from charitable approaches towards rights-based, dignified approaches. This includes support to maximise income, and to access nutritious food in inclusive, community settings. Find out more about dignified approaches including the four dignity principles.

Our £3.5 million Fair Food Fund enables dignified responses to food insecurity. It is evolving the response from charitable food provision towards rights-based access to nutritious food and support to tackle the root causes of poverty.

In 2017-2019 we awarded grants to 34 community organisations through the Fair Food Transformation Fund. Read a review of the Fair Food Transformation Fund.
The Fair Food Transformation Fund has now merged with other community funds to become the Investing in Communities Fund which will continue to fund community organisations that aim to tackle food insecurity in a dignified way.
Read our latest news release on what we have been doing with the Fair Food Fund.