Food poverty Food poverty is the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.


Food insecurity, sometimes referred to as food poverty, is the inability of individuals and households to secure an adequate and nutritious diet. It can affect those living on low incomes with limited access to transport and poor cooking skills.

Ideas for you

If you are experiencing food poverty the following organisations may be able to support you:

A list of foodbanks across Cornwall with information on how to access them is available here.

The Trussell Trust provides news on available assistance and food banks near you.

Veterans can take part in a free breakfast club at certain locations across Cornwall, see the armed forces and veterans website for details.

Citizens Advice Cornwall help to ensure people have the income needed to buy food is essential, organisations like can help support people to ensure they are receiving they help they are entitled to.

You can find out about free school meals on the Cornwall Council website here.

Things that might help

Transformation Cornwall run a number of social action projects in the county, including a focus on food insecurity. You can find out more here.

The BBC Food pages have a whole section of recipes for £1 per portion or less as well as information on how to make the most of your food budget and using slow cookers, pressure cookers, or microwaves as a cheaper alternative to putting the oven on. There are also recipes to use up leftovers, and avoiding the supermarkets tricks to get you to spend more.

The Trussell Trust is an anti-poverty charity and community of food banks providing practical support to people who can’t afford the essentials, and campaigning for a future where none of us need to use emergency food to get by. You can find out more and search for a food bank near you here.

Other services and support

Sustainable Food Cornwall are Cornwall’s food partnership, working to make Cornwall a place where there is Good Food for One and All.

Sustain is a powerful alliance of organisations and communities working together for a better system of food.