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S5W-21239: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-20468 by Aileen Campbell on 9 January 2019, what action it plans regarding alleviating food insecurity that is identified during the collection and monitoring of the data.



Answered by: Aileen Campbell 4 February 2019

The Scottish Government is dedicated to tackling the causes of food insecurity. We are integrating this objective across Government activity and have made food insecurity a key indicator in our National Performance Framework.

At the same time, we are supporting communities to deliver dignified responses. Our Fair Food Fund aims to ensure that everyone can feed themselves and their families and reduce reliance on emergency food provision. We have been continuously increasing the Fund to respond to the demand for support linked to the UK Government’s austerity measures. In 2018-19 the fund was increased from
‎ £1 million to £1.5 million, and will be £3.5 million in 2019-20.

On 23 January 2019, The Scottish Government also announced plans to support FareShare with an additional £500,000 to step up redistribution of surplus food across Scotland, in partnership with third sector organisations. The funding, which doubles investment in FareShare over the next two years, will help mitigate against the potential consequences of Brexit by building greater community resilience.