Launch of the Food Poverty Action Plan for Greater Manchester

Launch of the Food Poverty Action Plan for Greater Manchester

Food poverty is a growing concern in Greater Manchester. Across the UK one in four parents have skipped meals to make ends meet, half of whom went without food for a whole day, while 4 million children are at risk of malnutrition due to low family incomes. End Child Poverty Coalition have reported that more than half of Greater Manchester’s wards have child poverty rates of 25% or more, while the number of food providers for people in need has more than doubled in five years – Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) has counted and mapped over 170 providers. The time has come for a more strategic and better coordinated response to food poverty in our city region.

The Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance is an alliance of people and organisations from every borough of Greater Manchester, coordinated by GMPA, who are working together co-produce a Food Poverty Action Plan for Greater Manchester. FareShare Greater Manchester has been working with GMPA for several years, and is a member of the Reference Group.

The Action Plan sets a series of aims and actions for Greater Manchester to:

  • Reduce and prevent food poverty
  • Build resilience and support communities to plan and adapt to the challenge of food poverty
  • Address structural and economic issues that underlie food poverty, such as the benefits system, unemployment and precarious and low-paid employment

The Food Poverty Action Plan was launched on Monday 4th March 2019, celebrating how far we’ve come in co-producing this plan and to start working together to make it a reality.

When: 12:30-3pm, Monday 4th March

Where: Methodist Central Hall, Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ

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FareShare is the only charity to take food from the wholesale level of the food industry

The vast majority of surplus occurs before food even gets to the supermarket. Each FareShare regional centre takes that food and redistributes to those in need. FareShare Go is our supermarket collection service, which deals with supermarket-level surplus.