Demonstration Programme of Community Food Initiatives

Date: April, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-905767-38-0

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Background

CFI report coverRecent analysis has estimated that as many as one in 10 households on the island of Ireland are experiencing food poverty. This report provides a summary of the evaluation of a three year safefood funded programme, delivered by Healthy Food for All, of seven Community Food Initiatives based inareas of socio-economic deprivation across the island of Ireland.

This report highlights that the practical community-based approach is valuable and worthwhile. Within a supportive programme the CFIs grew and delivered a range of activities in their communitiesthat promoted the development of healthy food skills. It showed how, with a supportive networkfocussed on food, local communities can work together to develop solutions that will improve healthand tackle inequalities. Communities and individuals engaged with food and healthy eating in a waythat was meaningful and relevant.

It is intended that this report will help shape future Community Food Initiatives as well as influencing policy.