- 1. Myth: Poverty doesn't exist in Scotland.
Fact: More than 230,000 children in Scotland live in relative poverty. Poverty In Scotland report.
- 2. Myth: People suffer from poverty because they're lazy and don't want to work.
Fact: People suffering from poverty may be socially excluded which makes it very difficult for them to find work. Also, lots of people who work are still in poverty.
- 3. Myth: The most immediate affect of poverty is having to sell the family car.
Fact: The most immediate affect of poverty is hunger.
- 4. Myth: It's easy to identify people in the community suffering from hunger.
Fact: If someone is living in poverty they may feel embarrassed and want to hide it. You may never realise what conditions they are living through.
- 5. Myth: It's up to food banks to solve the problem of food poverty in Scotland.
Fact: Poverty in Scotland can be solved if the government, organisations, charities AND individuals get involved. Show your support to eradicate hunger.
Did you know?: Over 210,000 people in Scotland received three-day emergency food supplies from the Trussell Trust last year. (Trussell Trust Report)
- 6. Myth: Only adults and businesses can donate to local food banks.
Many young people understand how important is is to help their community by making food donations and running fundraising events.
- 7. Myth: Only people in poorer countries suffer from real hunger.
Fact: 98% of the world's undernourished people live in poorer developing countries which means that 2% live in richer countries like the UK.
- 8. Myth: Countries have a high level of food poverty because the people don't have the skills to grow their own food.
Fact: A major factor in food production is the environment. Soil erosion and climate change are affecting people's ability to grow food.
- 9. Myth: We can only help the people that live in Scotland who are experiencing food poverty.
Fact: There are many charities who are taking action to improve food security abroad. You can get involved with organisations such as Action Against Hunger or Mary's Meals.
- 10. Myth: Only adults, organisations and governments can make a real difference.
Fact: You can join any one of the charities who are looking to make a difference to food poverty in the world, and you may even want to volunteer abroad. Find out more about getting involved in volunteering.