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Worrying about enough to eat?


There continue to be raising concerns about the increase in the need for foodbanks and whether people have enough food to eat. In terms of Maslow's Hierarchy of need the most basic needs we have are our physiological needs - Air, Water, Food, Shelter, Sleep, Clothing.

If these needs are not met, then it becomes more challenging to have our other needs met:

  • Safety, which includes health
  • Love and belonging, which includes our connections to others
  • Esteem, which includes our feelings of being respected, valued
  • Self-actualisation, which includes the motivation to maximise our potential and pursue our dreams

If people's basic physiological needs are not being met, this makes it even more challenging to meet the other needs we all have, and the inequality gap widens further. There is a lot of work happening to explore how we close this gap, however, the reasons they exist are both complex and complicated and will require us all to work together, with the voices of lived experience to find solutions to these challenges.


We have been contacted by a PhD student at the University of Glasgow conducting research into food insecurity in Scotland. More specifically, they are looking at the experiences of single men (either those who do not have or do not live with a partner). They asked if COPEScotland would be interested/willing to help publicise the study to single men aged 18-65 given our role in supporting wellbeing in Scotland.

Please read and share the digital flyer for more information We have been informed in this study participants will be asked to take photographs that represent their experiences of food insecurity ahead of an interview with Kathryn, during which they will talk through the photographs. The participants will be provided with a £20 voucher upon completion of the interview as a thank you for their time.

We believe this piece of work would be invaluable in understanding the direct experience of people experiencing food insecurity not only to learn more about the impact this has, but also to help explore ideas for what people think needs to change to overcome this. We could all be affected by this, we can all make a choice to help find a solution, building a fairer world doesn't need to be a dream, it can also be a plan which we can all make happen

If you or anyone you know is affected by these issues the following numbers may be helpful. We include the Samaritans as it's important to recognise when our most basic needs are not met, this can lead to feelings of despair and this can lead to thoughts of suicide and if anyone is feeling or thinking about suicide, it's important they speak to someone now:

  • Citizens advise near you
  • Clothing banks: your local foodbank or Citizens advice bureau may be able to tell you about clothing banks near you
  • Find a Foodbank
  • Gamblers Anonymous Scotland T: 0370 050 8881
  • Gambling Helpline: 0808 8020 133
  • Hopeline UK (people under 35) T: 0800 068 41 41
  • Living wage Scotland more information
  • One parent Families Scotland Helpline: 0808 801 0323
  • Parent line T: 08000 28 22 33
  • The Samaritans Free Phone Tel: 116 123
  • Silverline (older people) T: 0800 4 70 80 90
  • Shelter T: 0808 800 4444
  • Shout (an affiliate of crisis text line) Text: SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer.
  • The Spark Relationship Counselling and Support T:0808 802 0050 as worrying about money can put a strain on relationships
  • Universal Credit Helpline: 0808 169 9901
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Useful/Emergency Contacts

  • Silverline 0800 4 70 80 90
  • Childeline 0800 1111
  • ParentLine 08000 28 22 33
  • Samaritans 116 123
  • Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87
  • NHS 111
  • Gamblers anonymous 0370 050 8881
  • Narcotics anonymous 0300 999 1212
  • Alcoholics anonymous 0800 9177 6506
  • CALM 0800 58 58 58
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