Feeding Gainsborough collect surplus food from local supermarkets, businesses and growers and re-distribute it to those most in need. This food is allocated via established local community family networks organised by our volunteer food champions, partner schools, sheltered accommodation and a local market stall.
Feeding Gainsborough is a food union set up by Eudaimonia and Bread & Roses Community Pantry. There is an obvious link between a food union and a food bank, but food unions are set up in the hope that people will not reach a point where they need to go to a food bank for emergency supplies.
Feeding Gainsborough believe it is so important that we stop seeing poverty through the prism of food and recognise that every family has the right to a decent income that enables them to afford ALL the things they need. Poverty won’t be solved by food handouts; it’ll be solved by boosting household income. Feeding Gainsborough believes that every food bank handout, however well intentioned, is a sign of a failed system.
Every day there is free food available outside both Affordable Foods at Queensway and seven days a week at Bread & Roses Community Pantry and this is often topped up two or three times a day. At each location you will find a friendly, welcoming approach and access to support from a team of fully qualified and professionally insured staff with expertise in benefits, education, housing, mental health and much more.
For more information please visit the website at www.feedinggainsborough.co.uk or Facebook @FeedingGainsborough.
Levels of local food insecurity
According to the University of Sheffield’s research into local food insecurity of adults (Jan 2021), in West Lindsey:
- 2.51% of adults suffered from hunger
- 6.77% struggled to access food
- 8.34% 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.