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Food Insecurity Network
As COVID-19 became more serious within the UK in 2020, we recognised the impact this would have not only on people already struggling on low incomes but that it would push more people into poverty.
On 23rd March 2020 we initiated a city-wide response bringing together 24 local grassroots and small community-based projects from across the city, with Senior Managers from Dundee City Council, Councillor Lynne Short and Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action. We facilitated weekly Zoom meetings with this group, which became the Food Insecurity Network, allowing us to hear what our communities are struggling with, tailor the support to the local projects and ensure the Council responds in an informed and relevant way. These projects are rooted in their local communities and are the key food providers responding to food emergency and insecurity.
While we had many projects delivering face-to-face support to individuals and families, there was a serious gap in relation to the overall practical co-ordination of food distribution to the projects. Alexander Community Development showed real leadership and commitment by stepping forward to offer a thoughtful, flexible and professional service. They developed processes and relationships at break-neck speed and have become an indispensable part of our emergency food arrangements. As we negotiate our way towards recovery and long-term solutions to food poverty in our city, they will have a unique contribution to make.
We are continuing to support people to access food in Dundee. Please visit our Resources Page to find out what provision is available city wide and within each ward.
We previously coordinated the Dundee Drop In Network which brought together projects responding to food insecurity, as well as other partners such as the NHS, Police Scotland, Council Advice Services and many more.
We have continued to build on this work, now leading the Food Insecurity Network and we are developing a new sustainable food strategy for Dundee which will focus on key areas seen in the image below.