Our partners in Bath & North East Somerset have developed an Affordable Food Network with a variety of pantries and food clubs providing nutritious food at affordable prices. There is an extensive school holiday programme of food and activities for children and families in the area. We have also worked with local partners to offer expert advice sessions within food projects, to help address the wider issues that people may be facing as part of our Pathways from Poverty programme.
The CropDrop initiative was created in Bath & North East Somerset. This innovative scheme connects community growers and allotment holders with local food projects, providing them with fresh fruit and vegetables. This model is now being adopted across the Feeding Britain network.
Affordable Food Clubs in this area include:
- Oasis pantries in Bath city centre and Southdown
- Mercy in Action pantries in Twerton and Radstock
- The Hive Pantry in Peasedown St John
- Keynsham Children’s Centre food club
- Radstock Foodies Club
- Weston and Newbridge Food Club
You can find all food projects in this area here.
Levels of local food insecurity
According to the University of Sheffield’s research into local food insecurity of adults (Jan 2021), in Bath & North East Somerset:
- 7.10% of adults suffered from hunger
- 11.22% struggled to access food
- 15.58% worried about not having enough food
About this research:
The University of Sheffield have published statistics of UK adult food insecurity at Local Authority scale. You can view the map of measures of food insecurity here.
Hungry is defined as having skipped food for a whole day or more in the previous month or indicated they were hungry but not eaten because they could not afford or get access to food.
Struggle is defined as a positive response to at least one of the following:
- Sought help accessing food
- Skipped or shrank meal
- Gave a reason for not having enough food
Worry is defined as choosing very worried or fairly worried about getting food.