We are working with the St Helens Community Food Providers Alliance to deliver a range of projects to tackle hunger in St Helens. 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.
Levels of local food insecurity
According to the University of Sheffield’s research into local food insecurity of adults (Jan 2021), in St Helens:
- 4.59% of adults suffered from hunger
- 10.23% struggled to access food
- 10.62% 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.