Markets could hold key to banishing food poverty

TRADITIONAL food markets should be brought back to the city to help combat rising hunger and food costs.

Loading Comments
Share
Print
Regular street markets, although still common across much of Europe, have largely disappeared from Scotland
Regular street markets, although still common across much of Europe, have largely disappeared from Scotland

This is the call from one Glasgow councillor, who said more must be done to help those struggling to feed themselves.

The number of people in the city turning to food banks is at a worrying high, according to the Trussell Trust charity. The Evening Times revealed recently that they handed out 27,603 meals to local people in the last three months.

The charity fed 3067 people from three city food banks - a jump from 2218 in the first six months of the year.

Councillor David McDonald, who represents Greater Pollok and has been involved in setting up the newest Trussell Trust food bank covering the south west of the city, believes that local food markets would help cut prices and promote greater access to fresh, healthy produce.

His call comes after meetings with community groups in his ward who complained about rising prices and a lack of choice.

Mr McDonald, the SNP's communities spokesperson, said: "The recent RPI inflation figures show how the cost of staple foods has risen sharply in recent years.

"Oven ready chicken is up by 37.9% and potatoes up 81.82% from 2007 prices.

"YouGov, the market research group, also just announced that families expected to spend an average of £180 on food and drink for Christmas."

He added: "Markets are the original civic centres of our communities.

"They have always been places that unite communities, public gathering points for people from different ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.

"The Greater Pollok Integration Network, which works with the immigrant and asylum seeker community across south west of Glasgow, originally raised the idea of a market with me as a place that people could both buy the products they wanted but also take part in a shared experience across cultures."

Mr McDonald, has written to City Property Markets, a trading division of City Property (Glasgow) LLP, who operate the largest wholesale fruit and fish markets in Scotland as well as managing a number of farmers' markets across the city, to ask for their support to reintroduce regular markets across the city.

Mr McDonald said: "By providing a community resource, open to all, we can ensure our citizens have access to healthy, wholesome food in a welcoming environment.

"I am looking forward to the first of many new, local markets opening as soon as possible".

linzi.watson@eveningtimes.co.uk

Food and drink

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

147245

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
A weekly round up of social highlights

A weekly round up of social highlights

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

gymnast Louis Smith loving my presenting skills and other Games highlights

Times Out

Entertainment

Lifestyle

TV Advert
Gail’s Gab

Gail’s Gab

Gail Sheridan is a mother-of-one and wife to Tommy and she likes to get political with the hot topic of the week in her column Gail’s Gab.

Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Sussed in the City

I’m getting older and wise when it comes to partying.

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.