Our partners in Bath & North East Somerset have developed an Affordable Food Network with a variety of pantries and food clubs in operation. There is also an extensive programme of food and activities for children and families during school holidays.
The CropDrop initiative was also 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.
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.