Research by the Poverty Alliance has discovered that there are now more than 160 groups and organisations involved in the delivery of emergency food aid across Scotland. The research highlights the need for longer term solutions which address the causes of poverty and help people to reduce their reliance on food aid. A number of organisations are supported by the Trussel Trust, but community food projects, faith groups, housing associations, voluntary and third sector organisations are providing support, which is often not limited to the provision of food. The Scottish Government has provided the Poverty Alliance with additional funding to work with providers to take forward the findings of the research and to focus on the causes of food poverty. Researchers found that providers offering advice and assistance on welfare issues, or signposting to organisations that do, help to reduce their service users need for food banks in the longer term.
Source: Scottish Government