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S5W-04632: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 10 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how much financial support it provides to (a) food banks and (b) the Trussell Trust.

Answered by: Angela Constance 23 November 2016

The Scottish Government’s £1 million per annum Fair Food Fund supports community based responses that help to reduce reliance on emergency food provision and a move to sustainable, dignified solutions to food poverty that give people opportunities to access fresh and healthy food, share a meal in a community setting, or develop new skills. On 5 September we announced that 21 projects, seven of which are foodbanks, will benefit from over £900,000 of Scottish Government funding through the Fair Food Transformation Fund across 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Financial support is not currently provided directly to the Trussell Trust but to Trussell Trust foodbanks which have received funding through the Emergency Food Fund over 2014-16. Through this Fund, the Scottish Government invested over £500,000 to support 26 emergency food aid projects in 17 local authority areas, including 11 Trussell Trust foodbanks, to respond to immediate demands and help address the underlying causes of food poverty.

In addition, we are working in partnership with Nourish and the Poverty Truth Commission to provide support to the unsuccessful foodbank applications from the Fair Food Transformation Fund, 14 of which are Trussell Trust foodbanks, to assist them in making another application to the Fund with a focus on activity that transitions away from charitable models of emergency food provision to more dignified and sustainable models as advised by the Independent Short-Life Working Group on Food Poverty (