Food has emerged as a key local issue over the last year, accelerating the growth of neighbourhood delivery schemes, food banks and boxes.
The Neighbourhood Democracy Movement (NDM) wants to explore the relationship between food and democracy.
Surplus food, food poverty, grow your own: these are some of the causes which have propelled thousands of people into activity in neighbourhoods across the country.
The aim of this event is to encourage participants to consider how food can strengthen their practice by providing inspiring and workable models.
Participants will hear from four speakers who will have ten minutes each for a presentation, followed by Q+A.
This will be followed by break out sessions around the statement – ‘this is what I'm going to do as a result of today’ - and finally a chance to compare conclusions with the help of the speakers.
Martin Yarnit is the founder of Talk Shop and a Fellow of the Centre for Welfare Reform. As a Churchill Fellow, Martin has researched the contribution of food hubs in the US and coops in Italy to creating sustainable support systems for small food producers and for food distribution. The report Towards a Food Revolution: Food hubs and Cooperatives in the US and Italy is available to read here (pdf).
Martin will set the scene, talking about the national context and the basic requirements for getting started locally, and argues for food hubs in every locality to build a new system of farmer-friendly supply chains. He will be joined by:
Iain Chambers (Brighton Food Factory) outlines the achievements that have marked Brighton out as one of the national leaders on local food policy and practice
Cara Bilson (Hull Food Partnership) shows how the city’s approach to tackling food poverty is rooted in neighbourhoods
Tessa Tricks talks about the food initiatives of the environmental charity, Hubbub: Community Fridges, Food Connect and Kitchen Love
Leon Bailin explains the role of the Sustainable Food Places programme and how it supports local initiatives
**NB: This event will take place on Zoom - after registering you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the event page where you will find instructions on how to join in on the day.