Hungry for Change - community led responses to food insecurity in north Edinburgh

Pilton Community Health Project conducted this small scale study of community food activity in north Edinburgh to examine in more detail how residents and community groups have taken action to alleviate food insecurity.  We explored how residents feel about options open to them if they are experiencing food insecurity.  We also wanted to know what else could be done by us and others to further support this activity.

We found that responses, like the gardeners café , community meals and the foodbank at Muirhouse Community Shop, were preferred by residents to more formal or distant foodbanks run by outside agencies.  Residents experiencing food insecurity have a wide range of coping mechanisms which include taking part in community food activities.  Local community groups want barriers to their activity removed, more support and resources and to be better connected.

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