Sustainable Food Places, delivered by Food Matters, The Soil Association and Sustain, helps launch and support food partnerships across the UK.

A collaborative model first adopted by Food Matters, food partnerships are now a national movement creating healthier and more sustainable food systems in their areas.

From obesity to food poverty, waste to climate change, we believe food is not only at the heart of some of our greatest problems but is also a vital part of the solution.

Cities, towns and counties have the power to create a more equitable food system. The Sustainable Food Places programme, aims to create ‘food partnerships’ by bringing together policy makers, businesses, and local communities to change policies and promote healthy and sustainable food for all.

In 2002 Food Matters was commissioned by Brighton and Hove City Council to run a food mapping exercise. The process involved listening and engaging with individuals, community groups, initiatives, businesses and local authority departments, and giving a voice to those involved and impacted by local food policy. From this work the first Brighton and Hove Food Partnership was born, along with the Brighton and Hove Food Shed report, and a comprehensive food strategy and action plan.

Food Matters went on to support the development of further Food Partnerships before becoming a partner of the Sustainable Food Places Programme.

The programme provides expert support for food partnerships within the Sustainable Food Places Network.

This includes strategic planning, event facilitation, expert guidance and networking support.

As the project continues, our focus is on:

  • facilitating peer learning between network members
  • assessing the Sustainable Food Places model to encourage wider engagement
  • ensuring that partnerships are built on community participation, inclusion and representation

We have supported the development of 60 food partnerships across the UK through the Sustainable Food Places programme.

The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is now the UK’s leading city food partnership and holds a Sustainable Food Places Gold Award for their pioneering integrated, and sustainable food policy.

Sustainable Food Places

Food Matters have supported the development of 60 food partnerships across the UK through the Sustainable Food Places programme

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