Ending the need for food banks: consultation on a draft national plan

This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government's vision and approach to ending the need for food banks as a primary response to food insecurity, and invites further suggestions on what more can be done to shape a national plan. Views are sought by 25 January 2022.

Measuring impact

20. This plan seeks to drive change in practice. The intended outcomes of this plan and associated actions are that we will have:

  • Designed out the need for food banks as primary response to food insecurity
  • Increased access to income-boosting services and holistic support
  • Improved household financial resilience
  • Improved household wellbeing

21. We will measure change by:

  • Continuing to undertake a national measurement of food insecurity through the Scottish Health Survey and the Family Resources Survey
  • Partnering with national food banks to monitor impact on number of food banks and parcel demand, and with community food networks to understand wider impact on other types of charitable food aid provision.
  • Commissioning independent evaluation of funded activities that seek to improve local referral pathways, both from the perspective of frontline practitioners and people seeking support, and disseminating local good practice examples.
  • Exploring the integration of food insecurity measurement in the evaluation of income-boosting measures like the Scottish Child Payment and through exploration of a Minimum Income Guarantee.


Email: foodinsecurityteam@gov.scot

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