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2006-2016 A Legacy to Address Food Poverty

Healthy Food for All closed its doors in March 2016 due to a lack of sustainable funding. As part of its final action we produced a legacy document to mark Healthy Food for All’s ten years of operation and the handing over of its work to other groups. As part of its legacy this website will continue to be made available as a resource. We also made a Call to Action, asking advocates to commit to five key actions over the next five years.

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HFfA Awarded a commendation from the Irish Food Writers’ Guild​ at their inaugural Social Responsibility Awards

HFfA was delighted to be awarded a commendation from the Irish Food Writers’ Guild​ at their inaugural Social Responsibility Awards on Wednesday, 14th October 2015.

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Oireachtas Children’s Future Health Group

A new cross party Oireachtas group has been set up to seek a more effective policy response to the twin problems of food poverty and childhood obesity. The Oireachtas Children’s Future Health Group, is chaired by Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout, and the Irish Heart Foundation is providing a secretariat, along with expertise to support the group.…

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HFfA attends Department of Social Protection’s Pre-Budget Forum 3 July 2015

Healthy Food for All attended the pre-Budget Forum hosted by the Department of Social Protection on Friday 3rd July, along with other advocacy groups, and presented our pre-Budget submission to An Tánaiste Joan Burton.  We highlighted the plight of families on a low-income who are struggling to put food on the table.  An Tánaiste outlined…

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What is the cost of a healthy food basket in Ireland?

New research published by safefood finds that low income households need to spend at least one quarter (1/4) of their income to purchase a basket of food that would be both acceptable and healthy. The research found the weekly cost of a healthy food basket ranged from €66 for a single pensioner to €165 for a family…

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Growing Community Roots, Tallaght

St Aidan’s SNS in Brookfield, Tallaght ran a ‘Come Dine With Me’ event in which the students cooked for themselves and their parents. There was such excitement as students took turns to serve the food they made and dine with family members.

Growing Community Roots Project, Tallaght – St. Brigid’s Junior National School Garden

Our school garden is very much a group effort including children, teachers, Special Needs Assistants, the Caretaker and parents. As a school we have found it to be a great asset as it provides authentic learning opportunities. It is a very useful tool in promoting the healthy lifestyle message.

Blog – Making School Food Initiatives Work: HFfA Workshop in Donegal on Good Practice

Working with schools we’re always blown away by the fantastic work staff, parents and volunteers do every day to support children eat well.  We, in Healthy Food for All, believe that this work needs to be supported. In January we partnered with HSE Health Promoting Schools and the Children and Young People’s Committee in Letterkenny…

National Conference 2015: Food poverty in Ireland is rising

Healthy Food for All’s National Conference on Eradicating Food Poverty among Children and Young People in Ireland took place on 15 April in Dublin, #foodpovconf. The conference heard that food poverty is on the rise in Ireland with over 600,000 people now experiencing the problem.  Policymakers and practitioners alike highlighted the need for a National Strategy on Food…

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Blog – Community Food Initiatives can have a positive impact on participants’ mental health and wellbeing

It is an amazing experience working with CFIs on the island of Ireland. In HFfA we are bowled over by all that the projects achieve, despite challenging times, and their willingness to share this learning. There are many benefits to running a CFI but one of the areas often referenced is in relation to the positive effects they have on the mental health of participants. Read more here.