As each day closes the effects of the Cost of Living Crisis are accumulating and intensifying for those already living at the sharp end of our society. The COVID 19 Pandemic disproportionately affected those on the lowest incomes, who had not yet recovered financially before being thrown into further despair and destitution by the Cost of Living Crisis. Too many people this winter will not be able to feed themselves and their families on a daily basis.
Third sector organisations that provide emergency food aid are buckling under the rising demand for food, supply chains and drying up and donations are dwindling. Public Sector cuts are deepening and the economy is spiraling out of control. For too many, there is no hope only increasing despair and destitution.
One man told us “during lockdown we were not allowed to go out, now we are but can’t afford to, we can’t even afford to stay in. I fear for my future.”
As Civic Scotland has been calling on the Scottish and UK Governments to implement emergency measures we are inviting people from across Scotland and beyond to come together to talk about what needs to be done now to protect people’s right to good food with dignity.
We are inviting those with lived experiences of food insecurity and hunger, food aid providers, anti-poverty campaigners, public sector workers, academics and governments to join us in this crucial conversation and finding solutions that will ensure no-one in Scotland goes hungry this winter or beyond.
Join The Larder on Friday 18th of November in Blackburn Partnership Centre from 9:30-3:30pm
The partnership centre can be found at Ash Grove, Blackburn EH47 7LL, where free parking is available.