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Sustainable Food Cities
Newsletter - December 2016

Helping urban areas to take a holistic approach to food. www.sustainablefoodcities.org
Welcome to the Sustainable Food Cities newsletter. We are passionate about towns and cities taking a joined up approach to food and want to help public agencies, NGOs, businesses and communities to work together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live. If you have news, events or questions for discussion for the newsletter get in touch.
Opening grants for SFC partnerships in January 2017
Phase 2 of Sustainable Food Cities has just kicked off, and as part of this we will be offering cities the opportunity of applying for two different grants to support their local work. These will be advertised in early January but we wanted to give you a heads up as the application period will be fairly short.

Two grants

A small number of grants of £10,000 each will be available to employ a local SFC coordinator for a year to deliver against the priorities set out by the partnership and progress towards an SFC Award. The grants will need to be 50% match-funded locally to provide the equivalent of two days a week of coordinator time.

A small number of grants of £5,000 for one year will also be made available to support local partnerships to take part in our annual thematic campaigns. The first of these being Sugar Smart (more information to come out in the New Year). We will strongly favour applications for ‘person-time’, this being identified as the key driver for success by partnerships taking part in campaigns. Applications are more likely to be successful where local match-funding has been secured.

There will be multiple rounds of funding available throughout Phase 2.


Details of the application process will be communicated early in January for applications to be submitted by Monday 20th of February.

While cities can apply for both grants we want to distribute the grants equitably so that as many members of the Network as possible can benefit. Ultimately however, funding decisions will be made on the basis of the quality of the application and the impact that the grant is likely to have.

Two new recruits join the SFC team

We’re very pleased to welcome Leon Ballin and Sofia Parente to the Network. Leon joins us as SFC Network Manager based at the Soil Association. He has tremendous experience in multi-settings approaches to food. He has background in developing food plans, food growing, food labelling, food co-ops and nutrition. He’s very much looking forward to working with you all and will greatly help us ensure you get the right support at the right time. lballin@soilassociation.org / 07917 230121
Sofia joins us as SFC Campaigns Coordinator based at Sustain. She has a great deal of experience working on policy and campaigning, the latest being writing the 2015 and 2016 Good Food for London reports. Her priority for the coming months will be to coordinate the first campaign for SFC Phase 2 – Sugar Smart, which is being developed with Jamie Oliver’s team. She will be in touch with you all soon with details. sofia@sustainweb.org / 0207 065 0902

Expressions of interest to host the SFC Conference 2017

After Brighton, Bristol and Liverpool, we are looking for a city-host for our 2017 Conference. This is an opportunity for you to raise your food partnership's profile locally and nationally and involve key stakeholders. We are looking for a space that would enable networking for 100+ attendees as we are looking to focus now more than ever on learning exchange and practical workshops led by partnerships. We would bring most of the people-resources but it will require some local capacity from the host city to support the organisation. Our budget is limited so we are looking to secure some form of in kind contribution in terms of venue and/or hospitality as this will make a big difference to the success of the event.
If you would be interested, please get in touch to discuss with Alizee Marceau amarceau@soilassociation.org

Sustainable Food Cities Network Support: what next?

We want to provide an opportunity for member cities to help shape the development of Network Support for Phase 2. To this end Food Matters will be organising and facilitating a series of half day workshops in late January / early February 2017. More info on the workshops. We want to ensure the workshops are as accessible as possible so please let us know where you would like to see them take place and if you would be interested in hosting one. Contact Victoria Williams victoria@foodmatters.org / Ben Messer ben@foodmatters.org

New rules restrict junk food marketing on children's media

The Committee of Advertising Practice has published new rules to reduce under 16s' exposure to junk food marketing online. Whilst a step in the right direction, it fails to cover many social media sites most popular with children, and excludes regulation on product packaging. More info. Read Children's Food Campaign's response

Good Food for London 2016 Report is live

This year's league table of London Boroughs' progress in increasing access to and availability of healthy and sustainable food has been released. We are very pleased to see that all 8 London Boroughs member of the Sustainable Food Cities Network ranked in the top 15 places. They have been recognised for their efforts in setting up cross-sector local food partnerships and working towards a place-based approach to food. More info

London Food Poverty Profile - Beyond the Food Bank

The first ever food poverty league table for London boroughs reveals postcode lottery for poorer Londoners. It finds that over 25,000 London households are losing out on over £6 million worth of Healthy Start vouchers, which would help low income families buy fresh fruit and vegetables. These shortfalls could be avoided if more places set up coordinated food poverty action plans. More info

Expert consensus on food policy priorities for England

England's first Food Environment Policy Index (EPI) has been published. The Index evaluates how well England is doing in the development of healthy food policies and identifies priorities for action. Experts agree top priority should be given to restricting advertising of unhealthy food and drink to children. More info

Scotland plans law on the right to access food

This law would bring upon the government "a duty to ensure everyone has secure access to adequate and affordable food" and would mean the government could be legally challenged on its progress to implement food policies. More info

£3m scheme to champion local food and drink in Scotland

The scheme launched by the Scottish Government aims to strengthen the local food and drink supply chain and increase access to domestic markets for local producers. ConnectLocal, a new marketing advisory service was launched to build relationships between local producers and businesses. More info

Bath&NES wins British Food Fortnight’s 2016 competition

A success for the local authority and partners in their efforts to promote and develop sustainable food. The celebration increases public awareness of and interest in healthy and sustainable food, supports local businesses and engages communities in cooking and growing. More info

LA Declaration on Sugar Reduction and Healthier Food

Sustain launched the Local Government Declaration to help London Boroughs tackle the proliferation and marketing of unhealthy food and drinks. Signing the Declaration commits the Local Authority to take action across 6 issues. More info

Peas Please - Take part in the Urban Veg workshop

We are co-organising a workshop with Food Cardiff as part of the Food Foundation's Peas Please campaign. 'Urban veg: creating cities which support veg consumption through public procurement and planning' will take place on the 10th February 10am-1pm. The objective of the workshop will be to convene experts to develop a series of “Asks” from the supply chain/government which will be launched at the Peas Please summit on the 7th June. Find out more and sign up

NHS consultation to cut sales of sugary drinks in hospitals

Patients and the general public are asked to take part in this consultation initiated by NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens. The consultation gives details of a proposed new fee to be paid by vendors and seeks views on an outright ban, as well as alternative measures to reduce sales of sugary-drinks. Open until 18th January. More info

Health & Wellbeing Challenge Fund (South West)

Resonance Limited have launched a new £5m fund to help support Social Enterprises in South West England who are working in Health & Wellbeing.They are looking to provide between £50,000 and £150,000 of blended funding to up to 50 organisations over the next 4 years. More info

Funding for Charities to Develop an Effective Web Presence

An £18,000 funding package is being offered to equip charities with a website, a digital engagement strategy and the means to track results and impact. Currently rolling applications. More info

Making the case for a place-based & systems approach to food

Listen to a recording and view the presentation from our latest webinar which delves into the content of a draft toolbox recently developed with Cardiff University. The toolbox presents evidence of impact of local food programmes against key health, economic and environmental outcomes. Find out more

Join cities building sustainable online food distribution systems

21st February 2-3.30pm
Save the date for our upcoming webinar where we will hear from the experience of three Sustainable Food Cities who have used the Open Food Network (OFN) to make local food systems work in their cities. OFN is an internet-based system which can help set up food hubs, farmers markets, community shops, food co-ops and food banks. Find out more

If you missed it: Engaging Families webinar

Have you ever thought of giving out broad beans as a 'hook' for your door knocking rounds? Inspiring presentations from our speakers are now available, sharing top tips and experience of engaging families and people from diverse backgrounds to take part in food activities and awareness raising events. You can also listen to the recording. More info

Meals on Wheels best practice & Food Poverty Action Planning

Sustain has published a series of best practice case studies to support places to maintain or set up Meals on Wheels services to improve access to healthy food for vulnerable people. It has also in parallel published very useful guidance on Developing Food Poverty Action Plans.

Modelling the impacts of the soft drinks levy on health

New study published in the Lancet Public Health Journal looks at the impacts on health according to the different possible responses to the tax of the soft drinks industry. It found that the soft drinks levy could potentially save up to 144,000 adults and children from obesity every year, prevent 19,000 cases of diabetes and avoid 270,000 decayed teeth in the best scenario. It reminded that the tax alone would not solve the obesity crisis. More info

First major survey of Britain's attitudes on obesity

Public Health England publishes results of the first British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey on obesity and finds evidence that being overweight or obese is becoming normalised in society. Results show that people underestimate their weight and struggle to identify the point when someone becomes obese. More info

Food Foundation responds to the Autumn Statement

The Food Foundation analyses the Statement, and its accompanying economic forecasts, and finds that these measures will provide little help to those at risk of nutritional insecurity. More info

Green Places: Empowering Local Communities

The Fabian Society looks at 'Green Places: Putting the local environment at the heart of the devolution agenda', and assesses how communities might be more involved in local decision making. Chapters consider the role of the planning system in creating green places & options for hard-pressed local authorities as they try to keep green spaces viable. Covers local food and food growing. More info

10th: Peas Please Urban Veg workshop
21st: Join the cities building sustainable online food distribution systems

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Victoria Williams
Food Matters
0127 343 1713

Tom Andrews
Soil Association
07 717 802 188

Kath Dalmeny
0207 065 0902


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