Food Poverty: Myths vs Facts

How much do you know about the ways in which food poverty affects people in Scotland and across the UK? We separate the myths from the facts. 

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

How can I get involved? 

Find out more about the work of organisations who are working to end poverty, and how you can help them: