Through the Sheppey Support Bus, the Sheppey Community Development Forum are delivering a mobile ‘social supermarket’ – offering residents across the island who find themselves facing financial hardship, the opportunity to pay a monthly subscription in order to access high-quality, nutritious food, at greatly reduced prices. The Sheppey Support Bus also houses a community meeting space, providing a variety of services, such as citizen’s advice and debt management support. As in all its projects, through the Support Bus, the Sheppey Community Development Forum seeks to work in close partnership with all the island’s grassroots charities and local businesses, thus enhancing community engagement and local ownership.
Levels of local food insecurity
According to the University of Sheffield’s research into local food insecurity of adults (Jan 2021), in Swale:
- 5.19% of adults suffered from hunger
- 15.49% struggled to access food
- 15.71% 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.