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Access to Good Food

Access to Good Food Network

Our Access to Good Food Network was set up:

  • to understand support available for those affected by food insecurity
  • identfy successful projects
  • share best practice and,
  • team up to run additional projects

Access to Good Food Study

We have teamed up with the Universtity of Winchester to undertake some research into the issues faced by communities across the Winchester District in accessing good, healthy food.  We are looking for volunteers to share their experiences; including anyone who can't afford to purchase "good food", people who can't physically buy "good food", people who don't have the facilities or the skills to cook "good food". 

We are looking for the experiences of anyone over 18, all ethnicities, backgrounds and single people and families.  We won't be asking personal information, but are interested in people's experiences of the availability of food retailers in their area and other support available.  In terms of community food support, we are interested in whether people know what is available locally irrespective of whether they've used it,  but if they have used any local community food support have they found it easy to access, or have they faced issues accessing help when needed.  Finally, we are interested in what additional food projects they'd like to see developed in their community.

The research will take the form of informal discussions, in groups of no more than 10 people. All participation is voluntary, and people do not have to answer any questions that they are uncomfortable with.  All answers will be anoymous; with each volunteer being given a fake name to protect their identity.  

For more information and to register click HERE

Directory of Food Aid Providers

The WFP is running a project to map and understand the available Food Aid support across the District. We are looking to create a directory of all the Food Aid providers; whether is is a large, formal food bank or Community Pantry, or a small, informal cupboard where people can help themselves or even a community group who has found it has needed to provide food due to the pandemic but plans to continue for the foreseeable future. The main aim of this project is to simply create a one-stop directory where people can see what help is available, and allowing choice over what type of support people wish to access.

This mapping exercise will also help scope some research being undertaken together with the University of Winchester into community led responses to food insecurity, and also by some work being undertaken by HCC Public Health into Poverty and Health Inequalities. At this time we are not looking for any information other than what type of food aid services are available; we will invite community groups to take part in the other research at a later date, as required.

Please complete the simple Google Form - https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSfx82TVReY.../viewform....