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Food on the Table campaign

The Food on the Table campaign ran throughout September and October 2018. The aim of the campaign was to give the Scottish public a voice on the affordability, choice and access to food through a public survey.

Although the survey has now closed, the results have been published and we will continue to look for opportunities to ensure that the lived experiences of those in food insecurity are heard. 

Bringing Food to the Table report

The Bringing Food to the Table report as a research report presenting the findings of the Food on the Table campaign survey. 

The Food on the Table survey was completed by 2,651 people in Scotland, through our online survey and through local Citizens Advice Bureaux campaign activity across the country. We ran the survey to better understand the day-to-day realities that people face when accessing, affording and choosing food for themselves and their families.

Key findings:

  • Almost half of respondents had worried about food running out (45%) before there was money to buy more;
  • More than one-third of respondents (37%) had cut down meal sizes or skipped meals because there wasn’t enough money for food;
  • One-third of respondents (34%) considered fresh fish unaffordable, while one-fifth (21%) considered fresh fruit to be unaffordable;
  • Half of respondents were in employment (full-time, part-time or self-employed);
  • Of those in full-time or part-time employment (45%), 35% of those couldn’t afford to eat balanced meals.

The survey findings demonstrate the broad spectrum of issues people are having with accessing and affording food. People who are worrying about their food bill completed the survey through to people who are consistently making sacrifices about the quality and quantity of the food they eat. Crucially, the findings show that working people are also routinely struggling to afford food and are cutting down meal sizes or skipping meals because they simply do not have the money they need to buy food.

You can download the report and summary from the foot of this page. 

There are also social media graphics you can use to promote the findings.