We are working with the Feeding Halton network to deliver a range of projects to tackle hunger in Halton. These include developing a network of Affordable Food Clubs to provide nutritious food at a low cost, as well as the ‘Pathways from Poverty‘ project which sees expert advisors co-located into food projects to help address the root causes of hunger. We have also established a Fuel Bank to support those at risk of disconnection from their gas and electricity.
Affordable Food Clubs in this area include a network of social supermarkets in Ditton, Widnes and Runcorn – find out more here.
Levels of local food insecurity
According to the University of Sheffield’s research into local food insecurity of adults (Jan 2021), in Halton:
- 6.50% of adults suffered from hunger
- 15.44% struggled to access food
- 13.69% 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.