Ask candidates in Scotland to end the need for food banks 

During this year’s Scottish Parliament election, we’re asking all candidates to commit to working towards ending the need for food banks. 

These elections are an important opportunity to call on candidates for Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) elections to commit to our vision of a UK - of a Scotland - without the need for food banks. No one should be forced to turn to charity because they can't afford the basics.  

Every elected MSP has the opportunity to use their power and influence to deliver the policy changes we need to build a hunger free future for the people of Scotland.  

Write to your local candidates to ask them to commit to ending the need for food banks in Scotland and for their party to develop an action plan, within 12 months, to make this happen by:  

  • Ensuring everyone can afford the basics.  
  • Helping local services work together to ensure people get the right support at the right time.  
  • Involving people with direct experience of poverty and local food banks to shape the plan to end the need for food banks.   

It's quick and easy to contact local candidates - simply email them using our online form now.  

You can find out more about our policy asks in thisbriefing for candidates.  

Of course, you’ll need to make sure you are, and are seen to be, neutral in party political terms. OurFAQ guidance gives you some tips on the rules we need to follow during an election period.   

If you have any questions or concerns, or want to tell us about how you’ve engaged your local candidates then please email  

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