Food Poverty

Food poverty - defined as the inability to access a nutritionally adequate diet - is a significant issue for many people on the island of Ireland.

Although the cost of healthy food is a major factor, the inability to access a healthy diet is a complex issue that incorporates education, transport, literacy, culture and environmental planning. Food poverty is yet another outcome of broader determinants of health, such as poor housing, social exclusion and high crime. 

With other stakeholders on the island, safefood is addressing the issue of food poverty through advocacy, building the evidence base and supporting community initiatives. Examples of this include:

Supporting networking and shared knowledge

Supporting communities

In 2008 safefood provided Healthy Food for All with funding to establish a three-year Demonstration Programme of Community Food Initiatives, and again in 2012.

  • In 2015 the learning for the first two Community Initiative programmes was applied to a further 3 year programme involving 13 projects across the island that is managed by SECAD.
  • safefood has funded the re-print and distribution of 101+ Square Meals. Initially developed by the HSE and MABS, it is a well recognised resource that is used by many in the community wishing to promote budgeting and cooking skills.

Building the evidence base