Brighton & Hove shares experience in measuring household food insecurity

09 February 2017

Brighton & Hove's ambitious 3 year Food Poverty Action Plan has within its aims to ‘Commit to measuring levels of food poverty so we know if we are being effective’.

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership shares with the Sustainable Food Cities Network how they have started to build a robust picture of household food insecurity in the city.

The guidance covers the method, advantages and drawbacks of each of the following measures they have put in place:

1 - The development of 3 questions shared with partner organisations to include in existing surveys or monitoring

Q1- In the last 2 months, did you (or other people in your household) ever reduce the size of your meals or skip meals because you couldn't afford enough food?
Q2- Thinking about next year, how much do you agree or disagree that you will have enough money, after housing costs, to meet basic living costs? By this I mean to pay for food, water and heating
Q3- Thinking about your diet, do you feel that you (or other people in your household) tend to eat less healthily because you can’t afford healthier options?

2 - The inclusion of one question on food and fuel poverty in the annual City Tracker Survey

“Thinking about next year, how much do you agree or disagree that you will have enough money, after housing costs, to meet basic living costs? By this I mean to pay for food, water and heating”

The recently published 2017 results from the City Tracker Survey relating to this question show a slight decrease in household food/fuel insecurity in compared to the last two years.

There continues to be much higher levels amongst vulnerable groups including people who rent compared to people who own their home (18-34 year olds, and people with a disability or long term health condition).

3 - Tracking emergency food use via an annual survey of food bank use in the city

Read the full guidance

Contacts

Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities
lballin@soilassociation.org

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Soil Association
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Food Matters
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Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
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