Food poverty

Food poverty is the inability of individuals and households to obtain an adequate and nutritious diet. It's complex and can affect those living on low incomes, with limited access to transport and poor cooking skills. In NI the FSA has been collecting valuable insight designed to inform and strengthen patrnerships and develop effective policy responses to tackle food poverty.

All-Island Food Poverty Network

The FSA co-chairs the All Island Food Poverty Network with safefood .

The network aims to support a co-ordinated and strategic approach to tackling food poverty on the island of Ireland through the development of consensus on related issues, collaboration and shared learning.

Members of the All-Island Food Poverty Network include government departments and agencies, academia and NGOs who all have a common interest in reducing food poverty on the island of Ireland. 

All-Island Food Poverty Network Event: Hungry for Change

The event will share new insights, latest research and explore solutions in tackling inequality and food poverty. We've asked guest speakers to challenge the notion that all healthy foods are expensive and unaffordable.
We'll also look at current food price trends and explore innovative ways of improving nutritional education both inside and outside the classroom.
Speakers include Lindsay Graham a freelance child food poverty advisor who will share her experiences of good practices from around the world in building stronger communities including Kitchen Social - a healthy food and social development offer during the school holidays in London.

Date: Wednesday 27 September, 2017
Time: 10am – 2pm
Venue: F2 Centre, 2 Reuben Plaza, Dublin 8

Please see below for more information and register at this link:

Co-ordinated approach to food poverty

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.

In Northern Ireland the FSA has supported the Council for the Homeless in Northern Ireland and its FareShare project since 2010 to support building capacity for the expansion of its activities. 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.