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Sustainable Food Cities
Newsletter - January 2017

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 Round 1 of Sustainable Food Cities Grants
Applications are now open for the first round of Sustainable Food Cities Network grants.

These grants are central to Phase 2 of the programme where we will be focusing on supporting SFC Network Members to significantly progress on their Sustainable Food Cities journey. The two grants we are launching have been created with this in mind and with the additional aim of supporting progress against the SFC Award criteria.


Coordinator Grant: to support the employment of a Sustainable Food Cities Coordinator, adding capacity to undertake additional strands of work. We are offering a total of approximately 30 Coordinator grants of up to £10,000 each over a number of rounds. The coordinator grants will need to be at least equally match-funded to provide SFC coordinator time.

Campaigns Grant: to support Local Food Partnerships to take part in our annual thematic campaigns in the form of person-time though the application may include some resource funding. The first of these thematic campaigns is Sugar Smart www.sugarsmartuk.org. We are offering grants of up to £5,000 each over a number of rounds and we strongly encourage match funding. The campaign activity should last 12 months but the grant spend does not have to cover the whole of the campaign period.

Deadline for submitting applications is the 20th of February 2017 at 5pm

Further detail is available on the SFC website where the full application form can be downloaded

Register your place for the SFC Network Support workshops

Following the information we gave you in the December newsletter on the organisation of workshops to discuss Network support for Phase 2, you can now register to attend one of the first two workshops in Bristol (3rd February) or London (22nd February). Register here Another workshop is being organised in Oldham and you can register your interest by emailing Louise@foodmatters.org

Welsh Government commits £500,000 to Food and Fun

In an announcement early January, the Welsh Government committed to funding the Food and Fun programme across the most deprived areas of Wales. The programme has been piloted by Food Cardiff since 2015 providing summer holiday school lunch and fun clubs in five local authorities. Food and Fun directly tackles health inequalities by delivering free school meals, food education and fun physical activities to children during the school break. This is a tremendous achievement and a testimony to what can be achieved through partnership work. More info

NHS Standard Contract requires healthy eating options

The NHS Standard Contract for 2017/2018 includes a new element, 19.3, which is linked to the hospital food CQUIN. 19.3 says that from April 2017 all contracts must require that healthy eating and drinking options are provided and promoted, including outside normal working hours, and that the full range of mandatory requirements in the Government Buying Standard are applied. More info

Interested in keeping up to date with hospital food?

For best practice, policy updates and information on current programmes, sign up for the Food for Life Hospital Leaders e-bulletin through Susannah McWilliam at smcwilliam@soilassocation.org

Advertising for Coordinator at Centre for Food Policy 

The Centre for Food Policy at City University of London is looking for a part-time Centre Coordinator. Deadline is the 6th February. Apply

Could Mercato Metropolitano come to your town or city?

Mercato Metropolitano is a vibrant hub where everyone shares the same passion for food and social relationships. Committed to the host city’s social fabric they offer free cookery classes, employment opportunities and community space.They are looking for new spaces to multiply their hubs and the social tissue it generates around food. They would love to hear from places in the Sustainable Food Cities Network interested in finding out more and getting involved. More info

New Garden Villages

The list of 14 places where between 1,500 and 10,000 homes could be built has been published and some are close to Sustainable Food Cities. “Planning freedoms” have been promised. Details of what this means have yet to be announced. Now is a good time to think about your manifesto for a sustainable food system for any villages near you. More info

Food growers, sign up to the Big Dig 2017

Community gardens and other food growers can sign up to take part in the Big Dig 2017. The Big Dig is a nationwide project which aims to get more people involved in community food-growing. More info

Building sustainable online food distribution systems

Tuesday 21st Feb, 2-3.30pm
Our upcoming webinar, organised in partnership with the Open Food Network (OFN), will hear from project leads in Plymouth, Oxford and Preston who are using OFN to strengthen existing local food projects and build new ones including food hubs, farmers markets, independent/community shops, food co-ops and food banks. Find out more and register

Student Food Enterprises

In partnership with the National Union of Students, Sustain is offering £1000 start-up costs and mentoring for new student co-ops and food preserving enterprises. Deadline for current round is 17th February 2017. Apply now! Applications need to be from university/college students, students’ unions or institution staff but collaboration with local communities is strongly encouraged. So if you aren’t eligible to apply just contact your nearest university or college and find someone who is! For more info join our food co-ops pre application webinar here

Orchard Windfalls Fund 2017

The Tree Council's Fund is offering grants of between £100 and £700 to schools and community groups for the planting of apple and pear trees with the condition that children aged sixteen or under are involved in the planting which must be on publicly accessible land. Deadline 31st March 2017. More info

Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) - an analysis

STPs are being developed by NHS and local government leaders in 44 parts of England. STPs intend to support coordination of health and social care services with an emphasis on prevention. The King's Fund looks at how STPs have been developed in four parts of the country. More info

Elderly malnutrition – A modern Western scandal

Recent research into elderly malnutrition has shown that the number of admittances to hospital is dramatically on the rise. Cuts to community meals, shortages in social care and rising levels of poverty are driving this trend. This blog from Food Active looks at what can be done to prevent this trend from continuing and to support older people to eat well. More info

CSO - academic collaboration: theory and practice

The Food Research Collaboration has at its heart the bringing together of academics and civil society organisations with a common interest in UK food policy. Building on a workshop held in October 2016 this briefing paper discusses opportunities for CSO-academic collaboration and provides a summary of the four case studies presented on the day. More info

‘From Plate to Guide: What, why and how for the Eatwell model’

Public Health England has published a report detailing the process undertaken in updating the Eatwell Plate, which was the national food model from 2007 to 2016. The process took two years, involved broad consultation, and resulted in the Eatwell Guide, which was published in March 2016. More info

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Victoria Williams
Food Matters
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Tom Andrews
Soil Association
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Kath Dalmeny
0207 065 0902


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