Food is more than food. Food is health and food is social connection. That’s why food poverty is more than hunger, it’s the depletion of one of the essential conditions for long-term health and wellbeing.

The end of the furlough scheme and the universal credit uplift has exposed many more people to the economic turbulence caused by the pandemic and tipped families and individuals who were just getting by into crisis.  

Derry City & Strabane is home to a number of fantastic organisations helping both individuals in crisis and those who may be living with long term mental or physical health challenges which may have been exacerbated by periods of food poverty. 

At this event, led by the voluntary sector representatives of the local Integrated Care Partnership, we want to bring together people working in the community & voluntary and statutory sectors working on food, poverty, health and wellbeing to hear about how food insecurity creates health challenges for the city and district.


James Elliott, Department for Communities
Allan Bogle, Acorn Food Network, Derry City & Strabane District Council
Deirdre McDaid, Foyle Foodbank
Oonagh McGillion, Head of Legacy, Derry City & Strabane District Council

***Following the presentations there will be an opportunity to chat with other attendees and speakers. If you would like to represent your organisation with a display or distribute materials, please let us know when you book. A light lunch will be provided.***

Booking for this event has now closed.