A new project has been launched which aims to better understand how food can be used to tackle poverty and social exclusion.
SCVO and the University of Edinburgh are aiming to examine the work that food projects are doing to address social need.
In the voluntary sector, charities that work with food focus on a range of areas: including poverty and inequalities, democracy and human rights, health and wellbeing, the environment and the sustainability of the food chain.
As part of the initiative nine charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in the food sector in the Highlands and Islands will be provided with a paid post-graduate intern who will examine the work the organisation is carrying out.
The students will examine the impact the work of the charity is having for a period of eight weeks.
Organisations involved include food recycling, healthy eating and cooking groups, community cafes, community shops, food banks, shopping services, school holiday hunger projects, community gardens, health and wellbeing organisations.
Over the eight weeks, the students will gain valuable experience and skills, while organisations involved will gain extra skills and a resource that would otherwise not have been affordable.