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The Dignity Project

Nourish Scotland and the Poverty Truth Commission are working together to develop a Dignity Framework with and for community food providers. The Framework builds on the four principles of ‘a dignified response to food insecurity’ outlined in a 2016 report by the Scottish Government’s Independent Working Group on Food Poverty, Dignity: Ending hunger together in Scotland.

With funding from the Fair Food Transformation Fund, we’re developing the Dignity Framework as a tool for community food providers and community members to consider how placing dignity at the heart of community food provision can support a transition away from emergency food aid as a primary response to food insecurity.


The project so far

Since November 2016, we’ve been co-producing the Dignity Framework through a series of conversations and workshops with community members and community and voluntary organisations that provide food as part of their activities – for example, through emergency food provision or community meals.

You can read a write-up of what people told us about dignity and dignified access to food here.

On the 20th of February 2017, we organised an event in the Pearce Institute in Glasgow to share the outcomes of these conversations and the emerging framework. 35 stakeholders from a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds contributed to the conversation, which we hope will carry on in the time to come.


The next steps

Over the coming months, we’ll continue to gather views and to develop the Dignity Framework with others into a reflective tool for those involved in community food provision in Scotland.

As part of the piloting of the Framework, we’re facilitating a programme of peer-to-peer learning and collaboration with 10 community food providers.

The projects we’re working with as part of the pilot programme are:

  • Bridging the Gap, Glasgow
  • Midlothian Foodbank, Gorebridge
  • West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare
  • Start Up Stirling, Stirling
  • Woodlands Community Cafe, Glasgow
  • Central and West Integration Network, Glasgow
  • Moray Food Hub, Elgin
  • St. Paul’s Youth Forum, Glasgow
  • The Freedom Cafe, Glasgow
  • Castlemilk Parish Church, Glasgow

We’ll be sharing the final outcomes of the project in September 2017.


Related projects & campaigns

The Dignity Project is part of the wider campaign on taking a right-based approach to food. You can find more information about Nourish’s work on this here and can sign up to receive updates about the campaign including how to get involved here.

We’re also involved in the new ‘A Menu for Change’ partnership project with Oxfam Scotland, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland and The Poverty Alliance, which seeks to evolve the response to food poverty in Scotland from food banks to tackling the underlying causes. You can find more information here.


Stay tuned for more updates on the Dignity Project as it evolves.

If you have any questions or want to be involved, please e-mail Chelsea Marshall (chelsea @ and/or Olga Bloemen (olga @


We gratefully acknowledge the on-going support provided by the Scottish Government’s Fair Food Transformation Fund, which enables Nourish and the Poverty Truth Commission to undertake this project.

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