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As the cost of food and other essentials continues to rise, Feeding Britain is working with partners across the UK to develop sustainable and dignified approaches to protect people from hunger. From affordable food networks to advice services, from fuel vouchers to school holiday programmes, your donation will make a real difference to communities across the UK.

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Essex

We are working with Essex County Council and local community partners to develop a network of Affordable Food Clubs. These settings offer nutritious food at an affordable price for households who might otherwise be at risk of hunger.

Affordable Food Clubs in this area include: 

A photo of a stack of green crates filled with fresh fruit and veg beside a blue sign for the affordable food club

Levels of local food insecurity

According to the University of Sheffield’s research into local food insecurity of adults (Jan 2021), in the areas of Essex in which we work such as Basildon:

  • 1.38% of adults suffered from hunger
  • 6.52% struggled to access food
  • 9.16% worried about not having enough food

and in Chelmsford:

  • 1.47% of adults suffered from hunger
  • 8.25% struggled to access food
  • 9.49% 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.