In addition, the obesity prevention strategy for Northern Ireland – A Fitter Future for All: Framework for Preventing and Addressing Overweight and Obesity in Northern Ireland 2012-2022 – seeks to develop a coordinated approach to address food poverty. The strategy sets medium-term outcomes (2016 to 2019) that ensure local support, resources and facilities are available to those experiencing food poverty. The long-term outcomes (2020 to 2022) include ensuring that a greater proportion of adults are eating a healthy diet. The indicator will be the percentage of adults experiencing food poverty.
The FSA in Northern Ireland is currently supporting the Council for the Homeless in Northern Ireland and its FareShare project by funding a project worker in Belfast to support the building of capacity for the expansion of its activities outside Belfast and ultimately to other cities across the island of Ireland.
Since 2010, the FSA in Northern Ireland has jointly funded, Safefood, a FareShare depot in Northern Ireland. FareShare sources quality, surplus, 'fit for purpose' food and drink from retailers and manufacturers throughout Ireland and redistributes it to local charities feeding hungry and vulnerable people in the community.
The FSA in Northern Ireland is also working with the Consumer Council on a Food Shopping research project, which provides Northern Ireland-specific data and gives a valuable insight as to the extent to which rising food costs have been felt by consumers and how they have responded.