This study provided West Lancashire Borough Council and partner organisations with valuable information on food insecurity in West Lancs. It presented robust evidence on the nature and extent of food insecurity in the Borough, including up-to-date evidence regarding the significant impact of Covid-19. Using national evidence, we estimated that approximately 4,600 households in West Lancashire experienced food insecurity prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, including approximately 1,300 households that experienced severe food insecurity (repeatedly skipping meals and experiencing hunger). The study also mapped and assessed the support that already existed to tackle food insecurity in West Lancashire covering emergency food aid and foodbanks, community food shops, community cafes and kitchens, community growing projects, practical cooking projects, and welfare support services. The findings helped identify potential opportunities to develop support further in the future. One of the main recommendations was the development of a proactive, co-ordinated, rapid response from services that ensures anyone experiencing food insecurity in West Lancashire is effectively supported to tackle the root causes of their food insecurity.

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