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Feeding Liverpool Launch New NHS Healthy Start Video

Healthy Start is a national scheme that provides help for eligible families and those who are pregnant to buy healthy food and milk.

It includes a pre-paid card which is allocated £4.25 per week (£8.50 during the first year of a child’s life) to be spent on milk, fruit, vegetables and infant formula. Access to free Healthy Start vitamins are also included to support early years development.

Increasing awareness and uptake of Healthy Start across Liverpool is crucial as it could make a significant difference to some of Liverpool’s lowest income households by improving both the quality and quantity of good food their household consumes. 1 in 4 eligible pregnant women and families are still missing out of the Healthy Start scheme.

 

If a participant remains eligible from 10 weeks pregnant until their child is 4, they could access £1,200 overall via the scheme. Although Liverpool’s uptake of the scheme has increased to 78% since the transition to a digitalised scheme, there are still many eligible families missing out.

Feeding Liverpool have created a new NHS Healthy Start video aimed at families to help promote the scheme, increase uptake across the city and improve access to good food for families across the city.

 

This video encourages eligible families to apply for the scheme and how to do so. It also provides them with more information on what the scheme is and where they can use their pre-paid Healthy Start cards across Liverpool.

The video highlights that the Healthy Start card can be used in any shop that sells healthy food and milk, and which accepts Mastercard. This includes supermarkets, local shops, pharmacies, markets, petrol stations, majority of Community Food Spaces across Liverpool and the Queen of Greens mobile greengrocer.

Feeding Liverpool have also updated their Healthy Start website pages, creating one specifically for professionals and another for those wanting to apply for the scheme to make it easier for people to access the right pages.

Liverpool City Council’s Associate Director of Public Health – Children and Young People & Health Improvement, Melisa Campbell,  said:

“Increasing awareness and uptake of the Healthy Start Scheme is crucial as it can make a real difference to some of Liverpool’s lowest income households by supporting families to access good quality food, which is especially important during pregnancy and early years development.”

 

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Free School Meals in the North West – New Report

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) are authors of a new report that focuses on free school meals in the North West of England, including new statistics on the number of children in poverty across the region missing out. It also looks at the role of schools and local authorities in FSM provision, and considers the socio-economic benefits that support a nationwide universal roll out of FSM. 

Every North West local authority has at least 1,500 school-age children in poverty who are not eligible for free school meals because the qualifying criteria is so restrictive.

CPAG and GMPA are urging local leaders to do what they can to ensure more kids get a free lunch but say the responsibility ultimately lies with the UK government to expand provision of free school meals across the country in order to tackle classroom hunger.

Infants are guaranteed a free school meal in England but children in Year 3 and above must be in households on universal credit with an income below £7,400 per year (before benefits and after tax) to qualify. This threshold has not changed since 2018, despite increasing inflation. It means 100,000 (one in four) school-age children in poverty across the North West can’t claim free meals – at a time when one in three children in the region are below the poverty line and the cost of living crisis continues to bite.

Government action on free school meals in England lags far behind other UK nations. In Scotland and Wales, universal provision is being rolled out across primary schools and, in Northern Ireland, the eligibility threshold is considerably higher than in England (eligibility is set at £14,000 in Northern Ireland). Emergency funding provided by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, also means all state primary school children in London will receive free school meals until the end of the 2024/25 academic school year.

The new report highlights examples of local action being taken in the North West to increase access to free school meals, encouraging local leaders to do what they can but also to join national calls for expansion of entitlement to free school lunch.

It also outlines existing research, which shows children’s health, attainment and even school attendance is improved when free school meals are universal. Free lunch for every child would be a significant step towards ensuring the UK meets its international human rights obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (which states that children have the right to food, clothing and a safe space to live and that the government should help families and children who cannot afford this) and under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (which guarantees the fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger and identifies positive obligations on States to fulfil the right to adequate food when individuals are unable to do so themselves).

Read the report here.

February 2024 Fed-Up Slow Cooker Trainer courses

We are pleased to announce that the Mersey Play Action Council and Liverpool City Council have funded a new round of slow cooker, train the trainer courses. Could you become a Fed-Up Slow Cooker Trainer?

Feeding Liverpool, Alchemic Kitchen and chef Adam Franklin partner on the Fed-Up Slow Cooker Training Programme, teaching practical, communal cooking courses that bring together and equip community members to make delicious, nutritious, low-maintenance meals on a budget, in a friendly atmosphere to help combat loneliness and social isolation. 

The course trains participants to become Fed-Up slow cooker trainers who can host slow cooking courses in their local communities. This course is perfect for HAF/Community Food Space groups to send a staff member or volunteer.

Slow cookers are simple to use and typically use over 60% less energy than ovens. No previous cooking experience is required, just a passion to share what you learn with others and a willingness to lead a community cooking course after completing the training.

The Fed-Up course, led by chef Adam Franklin, started in 2014 as a course designed to help supplement foodbank parcels to maximise the amount of meals that could be prepared by adding fresh food, a slow cooker and the training to effect change. It has developed into a network of people from community settings connected together to use their new practical skills, support each other and connected into other community projects.

Our half day train the trainer courses

After the course, the new trainers will receive on-going support including:

  • Training resources to deliver your course
  • 10 recipe packs to handout to your course participants
  • Up to 10 slow cookers for your course participants
  • Ongoing communication with Feeding Liverpool, Alchemic Kitchen, and chef Adam Franklin to support the establishment of your courses

Training dates

Tuesday 20th February – 6-8pm

Wednesday 21st February – 1-3pm

Thursday 22nd February – 9.30-11.30am

All sessions to take place at Alba Restaurant, Prescot Rd, Liverpool L31 1AP

How do I get involved?

To get involved please express your interest using the form below. Whilst all organisations are encouraged to apply, priority will be given to Holiday Activity and Food Programme groups.

Unfortunately, we anticipate interest may exceed the number of places available, in which case we will create a waiting list for any future train-the-trainer courses.

Due to our funding requirements, participants will need to be primarily based in and willing to deliver courses within the Liverpool City Council geographical area. Participants who would like to deliver courses both within Liverpool and the wider City Region are encouraged to register their interest and note this on the form.

Apply here.

Invitation to Tender – Feeding Liverpool App

Feeding Liverpool would like to work alongside an app development partner to develop an app for Liverpool City Region. This app will improve communications around emergency and community food provision, which will extend the work to improve access to healthy food and health outcomes for families and children.

The project partner would be responsible for designing and building the app; working with Feeding Liverpool’s Project Manager to ensure the brief is met.

The app will pull information from Feeding Liverpool’s website and will enable the existing website map resources to reach a larger audience. This will enable residents and professionals to locate Community Food Spaces and healthy food provision sites. The app will also allow Feeding Liverpool to push positive public health and good food messages to families.

For more specified information, please click on this document.

Feeding Liverpool welcomes proposals from local and UK-based businesses, social enterprises or community organisations, outlining their ability to deliver this project.

Proposals requirements:

A detailed proposal to be at least one side of A4 and should include the following information:

  • Your full organisation details, including location such as address, email and phone number, your charity number/company number and whether you are a Real Living Wage employer
  • Specific references to why you want to develop the app
  • Specific reference to how your proposal aligns to Feeding Liverpool’s aims and values
  • Specific references to how you have considered the needs of our communities and partner organisations and how you will add value
  • Specific references to similar projects undertaken by your organisation, including app examples 
  • A specification for development timeline 
  • A proposed vision/draft of what the app will look like 
  • A budget, including the on-going costs of maintaining the app past the deadline of March 2024

Proposals must be within the project budget of £10,000 (including VAT).

Please send proposals to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 15th December 2023. Any questions can also be sent to [email protected].

Liverpool Christmas Support Page 2023

Here is a list of useful Liverpool-based Christmas Food Support services and resources for the Christmas and New Year period.

Community Christmas Meals

The below organisations are providing free Christmas meals on Christmas Day.

The Hope Foundation will be running a Christmas Day meal from 11.30am until 4pm at the Frontline Centre, 147 Lawrence Road, L15 3HA. To get in touch with them regarding the meal, please email [email protected].

Bay Tree Catering will be running a Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day 25th December from 10am – 2pm. This will be at Vauxhall Community Centre, Silvester Street, Liverpool L5 8SE. To book a place, please go through local community organisations.

Squash Liverpool are open on Christmas Day from 12 – 3pm for drop ins. There will be tasty free food available throughout. To get in touch, visit their website or please email Clare Owens [email protected]

If you’re hosting a Christmas meal in the run up to Christmas or on Christmas and you’d like us to publicise it, please email [email protected]


Emergency Food Providers

Please check this spreadsheet to confirm the opening and closing times of Emergency Food Providers over the Christmas period.

Emergency Food spreadsheet, click here.

North Liverpool Foodbank Network

Opening days and times for North Liverpool Foodbanks can be found here.

Details about each foodbank location can be found here.

You will need to go through the usual support agencies to obtain a voucher or voucher code, these include Citizens Advice Liverpool, your GP, health visitor, or social worker.

If the support agency is closed then staff from St Andrew’s Community Network will be picking up answer phone messages on a rota and will be able to issue e-voucher codes over the phone. Please call 0151 226 3406 and leave your name and contact number for the team.

South Liverpool Foodbank

Details about each foodbank location can be found here.

Opening days and times for South Liverpool Foodbanks can be found on this spreadsheet. Please click here.

Micah Liverpool

Micah Liverpool foodbank is open on Thursday 28th December at St Bride’s Church, Percy St, L8 7LT from 10.30am – 12.30pm. There is no referral needed and no voucher needed, you just turn up.

The community markets have been cancelled on the following dates this year – Wednesday 20th December, Friday 22nd December, Wednesday 27th December and Friday 29th December. Their normal foodbank on Tuesday will not be open on Tuesday 26th December.

They are back as usual from Tuesday 2nd January.

To get in touch, please call 0151 702 7206.

Gold House: Hope for All

Gold House: Hope for All is open on Thursday 28th December from 12pm – 1.30pm. To get in touch please contact Pastor Patricia on 07576 993392.

New Beginnings Improving Lives CIC (Filling the Gap Foodbank)

New Beginnings Improving Lives foodbank is open on Thursday 28th December for collections and deliveries to provide to those in an emergency crisis.

The normal ‘referral-only’ criteria will be relaxed and contact can be made directly. This service is for families and individuals in a crisis with no food or financial means to purchase food.

Please contact Michelle Roach on [email protected].

The Whitechapel Centre

The Whitechapel Centre will be open between Wednesday 27th December and Friday 29th December from 9am until 4pm.

To get in touch with the centre, please call 0151 207 8639.

Liverpool Zero Waste CIC Surplus Food Open Events

Liverpool Zero Waste CIC collect surplus food to save it from landfill and distribute it to communities. Over Christmas and New Year they will be running a number of open events giving out surplus food from over 50 supermarkets to be collected.

They will be operating two open food events everyday from Sunday 24th December until Saturday 6th January at All Souls Church, Mather Avenue, Allerton, Liverpool, L19 4TF and at Church of Holy Spirit on East Prescot Road/Dovecot Avenue, Dovecot, L14 2EH.

Please bring big bags – They are expecting large volumes of surplus food that will need saving.

For specific timings, please follow Liverpool Zero Waste CIC on Facebook and Twitter.

To find out more information about Emergency Food Providers over Christmas, please click on this spreadsheet


Community Food Spaces

Our Community Food Space Map is an interactive resource that shows community food spaces in Liverpool city. Before visiting a community food space, please check this spreadsheet for Christmas opening hours.

To view the spreadsheet, click here.

To view our Community Food Space map, click here.

The Queen of Greens

The Queen of Greens is a mobile greengrocer that stops at various locations across Liverpool and Knowsley. The Queen of Greens will be closed from the last stop on Friday 22nd December until Tuesday 2nd January.

To view our Queen of Greens map, click here.

Haven’t filled in our survey about your opening hours? Please fill in the survey here if you operate one food space, and here if you operate more than one food space.


Agencies and other support

Winter Holiday Activities and Food Programme – the Winter HAF programme starts on the 27th December and there are lots of great things happening over the school holidays. Children and young people, from reception to age 16 (including year 11 leavers), who are eligible for benefits related free school meals, will be able to access hundreds of activities through the half – term holidays including specific provision available for children with SEND or additional needs, at no cost. There’s a great range of activities available across the city and every day there wil be a range of meals available. To find out where the nearest scheme is, click on this link or go on to the Mersey Play website for more information.

Help in a crisis – Liverpool City Council have provided some sources of support that could help you or someone you know.

Crisis Merseyside are open for a half day on Christmas Eve and then they are open on 27/28/29 December. They reopen as normal on Tuesday 2nd January.

Find your local councillor using this tool.

LCVS has compiled a list of resources for individuals affected by the Cost of Living Crisis. This includes useful services and resources for the winter period, e.g. Warm Hubs. Visit the LCVS website here for information regarding:

Warm Hubs:

To find a Warm Welcome Space, click this link.

  • Winter Warm Welcome Days Warm Hub – drop in every Thursday from 10am to 4pm at Kensington Fields Community Centre until Thursday 21st December
  • The Life Rooms Warm Hubs (Walton, Belle Vale – Lee Valley, Bootle & Southport)
  • Warm Welcome Hub at The Brain Charity
  • Liverpool Carers Centre Warm Bank Community Living Room – every Monday from 12:30 – 2pm at 99 Edge Lane, Liverpool, L7 2PE
  • A Place of Welcome – APLACE2B Croxteth Warm Hub – every Thursday from 11:30am – 2:30pm with a free lunch at St Cuthbert’s Croxteth Park
  • Warm and Cosy with the Archdiocese of Liverpool in various locations (see LCVS website for more information)

Liverpool-based Resources & Services:

General Resources:

Feeding Liverpool’s Christmas Appeal

This Christmas, we are asking residents and businesses to join together to support Feeding Liverpool’s Christmas Appeal to aid the work of Feeding Liverpool and our 70 member charities that provide emergency and community food support in the region as we work towards #GoodFoodForAll.  

Over 132,000 people in Merseyside are having to access emergency food to feed themselves and their family – if they were to all hold hands, the line would stretch from Liverpool all the way to Birmingham.

We are asking those who are out celebrating Christmas with work colleagues and friends in bars or restaurants to give whatever they can afford via our Just Giving page to help us continue our work this winter and beyond.

Food poverty is not just a challenge for the most deprived households: with increasing taxes, rents, mortgages, food prices and energy, many households previously regarded as “comfortably off” are finding themselves needing the support of food banks and similar community projects. It is estimated that as many as 3,000 National Health Workers will be amongst those hoping for support to feed their families. 

Feeding Liverpool Director, Naomi Maynard, said:

Food charities in the region are at crisis point; they are experiencing unparalleled levels of need – over 2,100 emergency food parcels in Liverpool are being distributed every week to people in need – at a time when food supply is dwindling. The most effective way to provide the ongoing support needed is through a financial donation. We urge the people of Liverpool out in local bars and restaurants celebrating Christmas to think about the 132,000 in their community who are struggling to put food on the table, let alone celebrate Christmas. 

 

This is a huge number of people in our community who need support; 132,000 individuals is equivalent to a line of people holding hands from Liverpool to Birmingham (roughly 100 miles). Your support this Christmas will enable us to continue ensuring those in our community who are in crisis can put good food on the table this winter and beyond. 

 

In our region, we have some of the most deprived communities in England, but also some of the wealthiest. In truth, the Liverpool region has the widest gap between rich and poor of anywhere in England. It is certainly within the gift of the Liverpool community to start to address this challenge.

How you can support the appeal:

  • Make a donation to our Christmas Appeal which will run the length of the Christmas and New Year party season. Individuals can donate through the Just Giving page. For organisations and businesses who would like to donate, you can donate through our Just Giving page or alternatively contact our Office and Finance Administrator, Gentian Khan, on [email protected] for other ways to make a donation.
  • Share our Christmas appeal with your friends, colleagues and networks by downloading this poster and display it at your place of work or share your support through use our social media assets (download this individual social media asset or this business / organisation social media asset)
  • Fundraise for our Christmas Appeal through a targeted fundraising event during your organization’s Christmas celebrations, such as a raffle or promises auction during a Christmas Party
  • Add a donation onto a specific product you sell, if applicable, following Hawksmoor Liverpool who are donating 50p to Feeding Liverpool from every sale of mince pies during the festive season.

Feeding Liverpool’s mission has already garnered the support of local businesses that share its goal of tackling food poverty. Matalan, leading fashion and homeware omni-channel value retailer, based in the North West, is rallying it’s colleagues to dig deep and donate what they can to support the charity and their local community. Matalan will match all donations made by colleagues whilst also donating all proceeds from its annual Christmas raffle to the cause.

Local restaurant, Hawksmoor Liverpool will once again support Feeding Liverpool through their mince pie fundraiser giving 50p to the charity for every mince pie sold in the restaurant, building on their successful partnership throughout 2023.

Matalan CEO Jo Whitfield said:

Food is such a big part of Christmas, but the reality is that many families will struggle to put food on the table this year due to the rising cost of living challenges. As a business that has called Liverpool its home for more than 30 years, we are proud to be supporting Feeding Liverpool to help more families have access to good food and the joy that brings.

 

Thanks to generous Matalan colleagues across the UK who are supporting the cause, and with all proceeds from our annual festive raffle being donated, we are able to support 2000 families this Christmas. At Matalan, we live by our values, and ‘think family’ couldn’t be more fitting right now. I ask those that can, to donate – however big or small. It will make a huge difference to struggling families this Christmas.

Hawksmoor Business Development Manager, Emma Hocknell said:

We have been supporting Feeding Liverpool since Hawksmoor Liverpool’s opening in November 2022. Our customers and staff often enquire about the charities that we support and how they can get involved. Making an affordable donation to Feeding Liverpool over the Christmas and New Year party season is a great way to support those who are most challenged by the cost of living crisis.

 

We hope that all Bars and Restaurants in Merseyside follow suit so those that are most able to help can make a big difference to our wider community.

 

Click here to make a donation to Feeding Liverpool’s Christmas Appeal 

The Winter Boost Project 23/24

It isn’t right that anyone needs to use a foodbank. Sadly many in our city do, with over 2100 emergency food parcels being given out every week in Liverpool.  At Feeding Liverpool we continue to campaign to end the root causes of poverty whilst ensuring people have good food at points of crisis.

Last winter we boosted over 7,700 emergency food parcels with fresh fruit and vegetables through the Winter Boost project. This Winter, Feeding Liverpool will once again be teaming up with emergency food providers in Liverpool to boost emergency food parcels with fresh fruit and vegetables, supporting the health of families in a crisis.

Starting from December 2023, we will be partnering with six of our member organisations: St Andrew’s Community Network, South Liverpool Foodbank, Micah Liverpool, New Beginnings Improving Lives CIC,L6 Community Association and The White Chapel Centre to support people in crisis this winter.

If you’d like to support The Winter Boost Project and our broader work towards Good Food For All: please give through our Christmas Appeal or contact Gentian Khan [email protected]  

Hear from Cheryl and Sikarthmi about the difference The Winter Boost project makes:

Cheryl’s story

Cheryl 51, from Toxteth, is a mother of two and has four grand children. One daughter and granddaughter depend on her. Cheryl had been working as a nurse and began working as a cleaner before the pandemic to fill financial gaps. After some time, the work fizzled out and Cheryl and her family were back to square zero putting them into poverty right at the time when her daughter and granddaughter had no income.

Cheryl was reluctant to use foodbanks because it’s all tinned food, and she has multiple allergies. She uses her food as medicine. When she relies on tins she get sick really quickly.

Having fresh fruit and veg in their food parcel means Cheryl’s family are eating nutritious food and their immune systems are boosted. Cheryl says: “We need our immunities boosting during this season anyways, even without Covid, its flu season, its cold season, we need a strong system”

Sikarthmi’s story

After leaving Sri Lanka, Liverpool has been home to Sikarthmi and her five children aged 2, 5, 9, 10 and 15, for the last eight years. Since her husband left, she has struggled financially, and her spousal visa expired. Her and her family’s future feels uncertain.

Her children love the fresh fruit and vegetables they receive at the foodbank. In the evenings they will eat fresh carrots and peppers, dipping them in yoghurt.

Sikarthmi says: “The foodbank feels like a family. It is more than the food I receive, it is a place where I feel loved and accepted, giving me the strength to face the road ahead.”

Join us for the launch of ‘Without access to Justice: the work and welfare problems driving food insecurity’

You are invited to join The University of Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice and Feeding Liverpool for the launch of their new report: ‘Without access to justice: The work and welfare problems driving food insecurity’. This report, draws from powerful stories of people of working-age who were using food support spaces, including food banks, food pantries and other community organisations in 2023.

It contains a series of recommendations responding to the report’s four key findings:

  1. People of working-age are experiencing food insecurity because they can be trying to get-by on an income that is below the minimum level promised by law.
  2. Accessing legal rights is excessively and often unnecessarily complicated.
  3. The current substance of employment and welfare rights is insufficient to protect people of working-age from food insecurity.
  4. Being without access to justice puts mental and physical health at risk.

This report, and its recommendations, are particularly relevant to:

  • Employers and trade unions
  • Local authorities and education providers
  • Universities
  • Charities providing food support spaces, local and regional food network and all those working to tackle poverty and inequality.
  • Health professionals and those working in and around the topic of health inequality
  • Civil servants, members of parliament and those working in and around Government who are concerned about equality, fair employment and public health

Please join us at either of our two launch events:

Wednesday 17th January 2pm – 4pm at The University of Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice

This event will include a include a presentation from the report authors, reflections from key local stakeholders and a facilitated discussion exploring how organisations and communities across Liverpool can respond to the recommendations in the report.

Report Launch and discussion: Without access to justice Tickets, Wed, Jan 17, 2024 at 2:00 PM | Eventbrite

Tuesday 23rd January 11am – 12.30pm Online

This event will include a presentation from the report authors, reflections from key national stakeholders with an opportunity to ask questions to the authors and panelists.

Online Report Launch: Without access to justice Tickets, Tue, Jan 23, 2024 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite

The Winter Boost Project 23/24

It isn’t right that anyone needs to use a foodbank. Sadly many in our city do, with over 2100 emergency food parcels being given out every week in Liverpool.  At Feeding Liverpool we continue to campaign to end the root causes of poverty whilst ensuring people have good food at points of crisis.

Last winter we boosted over 7,700 emergency food parcels with fresh fruit and vegetables through the Winter Boost project. This Winter, Feeding Liverpool will once again be teaming up with emergency food providers in Liverpool to boost emergency food parcels with fresh fruit and vegetables, supporting the health of families in a crisis.

Starting from December, we will be partnering with six of our member organisation: St Andrew’s Community Network, South Liverpool Foodbank, Micah Liverpool, New Beginnings Improving Lives CIC,L6 Community Association and The White Chapel Centre, to support people in crisis this winter.

If you’d like to support The Winter Boost Project and our broader work towards Good Food For All: please give through our Christmas Appeal or contact Gentian Khan [email protected] 

Hear from Cheryl and Sikarthmi about the difference The Winter Boost project makes:

Cheryl’s story

Cheryl 51, from Toxteth, is a mother of two and has four grand children. One daughter and granddaughter depend on her. Cheryl had been working as a nurse and began working as a cleaner before the pandemic to fill financial gaps. After some time, the work fizzled out and Cheryl and her family were back to square zero putting them into poverty right at the time when her daughter and granddaughter had no income.

Cheryl was reluctant to use foodbanks because it’s all tinned food, and she has multiple allergies. She uses her food as medicine. When she relies on tins she get sick really quickly.

Having fresh fruit and veg in their food parcel means Cheryl’s family are eating nutritious food and their immune systems are boosted. Cheryl says: “We need our immunities boosting during this season anyways, even without Covid, its flu season, its cold season, we need a strong system”

Sikarthmi’s story

After leaving Sri Lanka, Liverpool has been home to Sikarthmi and her five children aged 2, 5, 9, 10 and 15, for the last eight years. Since her husband left, she has struggled financially, and her spousal visa expired. Her and her family’s future feels uncertain.

Her children love the fresh fruit and vegetables they receive at the foodbank. In the evenings they will eat fresh carrots and peppers, dipping them in yoghurt.

Sikarthmi says: “The foodbank feels like a family. It is more than the food I receive, it is a place where I feel loved and accepted, giving me the strength to face the road ahead.”

Liverpool’s Good Food Plan Scoops Award

Liverpool’s Good Food Plan partnership has been awarded a prestigious Sustainable Food Places award.

The Good Food Plan, which has a driving vision of “Good Food for All”, was launched in October 2021 and is led by Feeding Liverpool and Liverpool City Council, with support from partners across the public, private and voluntary sector.

The partnership are delighted to have been awarded a Sustainable Food Places Bronze award. This Sustainable Food Places Award is a national, evidence-based recognition and celebration of places taking a joined-up, holistic approach to sustainable and healthy food. Awardees have demonstrated activity and impact across their food system by the food partnership and their stakeholders to create a local ‘Good Food Movement’.

The Bronze Award recognizes the Good Food Plan partnerships work to promote healthy, sustainable and local food, and to take on some of today’s greatest social challenges, from food poverty and diet-related ill-health, to tackling the climate emergency and the loss of independent food retailers. The awards panel highlighted Liverpool’s exemplary work in dealing with food poverty and diet-related ill-health, and its commitment to increasing access to affordable healthy food.

They also praised the city’s progress towards building a good food movement, involving diverse communities and people with experience of poverty.

Liverpool City Council Leader Cllr Liam Robinson said:

To receive this award is a wonderful achievement for Liverpool and highlights the progress being made towards our commitment to ensuring that Liverpool’s residents have a right to food. Many challenges remain ahead but we will continue to build on this to ensure everyone in our city has access to healthy, nutritious, sustainable food.

Professor Matthew Ashton, Liverpool’s Director of Public Health, said:

We are really pleased to receive this prestigious award, showcasing the collaboration between Feeding Liverpool, Liverpool City Council and partners to promote healthy, sustainable and local food. Each of us has a role to play to build a city where everyone can eat good food and this award demonstrates the progress the partnership has made towards achieving the Good Food Plan’s goals.

Dr Naomi Maynard, Good Food Programme Director at Feeding Liverpool, said:

I am delighted that the hard work of hundreds of organisations and communities across Liverpool towards Good Food for All has been recognised on the national stage. Whilst the challenges we face are significant, the progress made over the last few years has highlighted what can be achieved when we take a joined up, holistic approach to sustainable and healthy food.

Leon Ballin, Sustainable Food Places Programme Manager, said:

Liverpool has shown just what can be achieved when creative and committed people work together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live. While there is still much to do and many challenges to overcome, Liverpool’s work through the Good Food Plan and food partnership Feeding Liverpool has helped to set a benchmark for other members of the UK Sustainable Food Places Network to follow. We look forward to working with them over the months and years ahead to continue to transform Liverpool’s food culture and food system for the better.