Theme 2

Good food for all – tackling food poverty

Food Poverty in Newcastle is higher than the England average and life expectancy for both men and women is lower than the England average.

‘Food poverty is worse diet, worse access, worse health, higher percentage of income on food and less choice from a restricted range of foods.  Above all food poverty is about less or almost no consumption of fruit and vegetables.’ describes Professor Tim Lang.

Food Poverty Newcastle aims to take a more preventative approach, by considering ‘what prevents food poverty?’  This approach will take account of the crisis elements of food poverty, such as food banks and will also look at the longer-term impacts such as employment, housing, cooking skills and access to healthy food.

The visions of the Newcastle Food Poverty campaign are:

  • To make a measurable difference by mitigating the adverse effects of food poverty and understanding and responding to the causes of food poverty
  • Support a co-ordinated approach to addressing holiday hunger; sharing learning from across the city
  • Delivery of Food Power programmes which aims to strengthen local communities’ ability to reduce food poverty through solutions developed by them with the support of their peers from other communities across the UK

Newcastle Food Poverty Group
is a partnership whose members represent the NHS, universities, local authority, voluntary sector, businesses and education establishments. The role of the Newcastle Food Poverty Group is to provide a platform for the co-ordination of Holiday Hunger activities in city and ensure that other services can offer support at these.