As a charity we want to make sure that we have an impact and deliver a benefit to the visitors and residents of Aberdeen.
Within Aberdeen the rise in food banks is evidence of household food insecurity, with estimates suggesting that a staggering 18% of children in Aberdeen are living in poverty and that most children living in poverty are living in a working household.
Food insecurity has been defined as ‘the inability to acquire or consume an adequate quality or sufficient quantity of food in socially acceptable ways, or the uncertainty that one will be able to do so’. Scotland’s Working Group on Food Poverty highlighted that the term ‘food insecurity’ broadly describes when people are worried about not having enough food for themselves and their families. Approximately only 20-30% of people suffering household food security use food banks, with many adults going without food, relying on friends and family for meals and children may get less than nutritious meals.
As a single charity we will not end food insecurity but we can be a catalyst for change, lobbying for food-growing to be firmly placed in the cultural landscape of the Granite City and by connecting with charities who share our vision present a united front to decision makers and city leaders.
- 18% of children in Aberdeen are living in poverty
- 1% of primary school pupils and 9.2% of secondary school pupils in the city are registered for free school meals
- 17,904 emergency food parcels were distributed in a single year within Aberdeen
In order to achieve our goals in the next five years’ we will have:
- established three community gardens in Torry, Seaton, and Hilton by 2021, with a focus on increasing engagement with the hard-to-reach audiences in order to tackle food poverty and social isolation
- develop an educational framework for schools and uniformed groups by 2023 in order to inspire the next generation of growers within Aberdeen
- continue to develop our volunteer base and commit to our volunteer strategy by reaching out to current organisations and charities who share our vision in order to share learning, connect communities, and to motivate individuals to become proactive volunteers
- place food-growing firmly in the cultural landscape of the Granite City by connecting with charities who share our vision and present a united front to decision makers and city leaders