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Food, Families, Futures

(Feb 2016-March 2019)

Children in Scotland is leading an innovative project to address a major social issue: food poverty and its links with wellbeing, learning and attainment.

The main aims of the three-year partnership programme 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 this project has focused on working with communities in Ibrox and Dalmarnock in Glasgow, two schools in Eastern Perthshire and Irvine in North Ayrshire, areas with significant levels of child poverty.

Children in Scotland is leading the project as a charity partner of Business in the Community Scotland(BiTC Scotland) and the major UK food supplier Brakes. The first phase of the project was also supported by funding from the People's Postcode Lottery. Our policy tem is involved in the consultation process with children, young people, school staff and parents to inform the development of the project.

Project film
The film from our summer holiday programmes at Dalmarnock Primary and Ibrox Primary in Glasgow is available.
Watch the film (opens in a new window in Vimeo)
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.

The activities in schools formally started in July 2016.
Project lead: Elaine Kerridge, / 0131 313 8840.