It has been identified that too many people in Ilfracombe and across North Devon are unable to access sufficient nutritious food.

This problem has been exacerbated by the pandemic, which has increased financial hardship for many, and compounded logistical issues in a rural county.

Children and young people have been the particular focus of national debate in recent months, and provision has been made for those families with children qualifying for free school meals to access emergency food support during school holidays.

However, we know that not all families in need qualify for free school meals, that it is not just families with children at home who are struggling to feed themselves adequately, that the provision of supermarket vouchers may not guarantee access to food in some areas, and that voucher provision alone may not provide adequate levels of support.

We also know that local organisations – including food banks, community kitchens, holiday clubs, local businesses, wider charities, schools, and Council Officers – have the knowledge and connections to provide an enhanced level of food support this year and going forward.

 One Ilfracombe are working with the Devon Community Foundation to learn from our community about the support that is in place currently, the need over the past year, and any great ideas about what could be done better!

Please take 2-3 minutes to complete our short survey so that we can understand what is available, what the need is and what you would suggest can be done – Thank you