Food, Families, Futures
Children in Scotland is leading an innovative project to address a major social issue: food poverty and its links with wellbeing and education.
Launched in December 2015, its main aims are to:
- Improve the health and wellbeing of children (and their families) living in and around the partnership areas, including increasing nourishment, reducing hunger and improving nutrition
- Improve the engagement and confidence of parents in their children's learning, resulting in improved early development, social inclusion, aspiration and attainment of children
- Increase support and commitment from the wider local community offering their time, energy and expertise to ensure the programme continues in years four, five and into the future, making it sustainable
So far the project has focused on working with communities in in Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire, two schools in Eastern Perthshire and Irvine in North Ayrshire – all areas with significant levels of child poverty.
Children in Scotland is leading the project with support from the major UK food supplier Brakes. In the first phase of the project Business in the Community Scotland (BiTC Scotland) was our charity partner, with additional funding from the People's Postcode Lottery.
Our policy team is involved in ongoing consultation with children, young people, school staff and parents to inform the development of the project.
In Glasgow 38.8% of primary school pupils, and 29.8% of secondary pupils, are currently in receipt of free school meals (FSM), according to the Cost of School Holidays Literature Review (2015).
Ibrox and Dalmarnock have two of the highest rates of FSM entitlement in Scotland.
With Children in Scotland, BITC Scotland and Brakes collaborating, the project combines the knowledge, expertise, values and networks of the third sector, business and industry respectively.
The development of the Food, Families, Futures programme was supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery as an example of the significant impact that can be achieved when delivery and strategy come together to enact real life and long-term changes for a fairer and more prosperous society.
Following the successful pilots in Dalmarnock and Ibrox in the summer of 2016, academics at Northumbria University are undertaking an evaluation of summer holiday clubs across the UK, including FFF.
Early findings from the evaluation suggest that FFF increased reading gain amongst the children who took part.
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