Food Poverty indicators suggest about 4 million people in Britain are short of food. Over three and a half million adults cannot afford to eat healthily and over half a million children live in families who cannot afford to feed them properly.
These are now real issues facing people in parts of Devon, as evidenced by voluntary agencies such as local CABx, Food Banks and other charities, as well as from health statistics and IMD figures.
There are now more than 28 Foodbank projects in Devon.
Community Food Projects
There are a growing number of community schemes which involve food – community farms, orchards, allotments, gardens, cultural kitchens, healthy eating, ‘Love Local Food’ and ‘Food for Life partnership’. Some churches are using their land for food growing (e.g. Kingskerswell, Cullompton) or premises for preparing and cooking food (St. Sidwell’s, Exeter and Community Café at St. Aubyn’s, Devonport).