The Blackburn with Darwen (BwD) Food Alliance provides a focus for community, voluntary, faith, public and private sector organisations to work together to ensure that everyone in BwD has access to good food which is produced sustainably and drive forward an exciting good food movement within the Borough.
Through connecting like minded people and growing a Good Food Movement we will celebrate the diverse food cultures within our community, promote the great work already being done and create partnerships to drive forward our work with likeminded people and organisations.
The Food Alliance, which has been in existence since 2018, is in the process of transitioning to become a charitable incorporated organisation. We currently have a membership of over 90 organisations, drawn from all sectors in our community, who are willing to work together to help us all have a healthy, respectful relationship with food.
We are part of the national Sustainable Food Places Network and their sustainable food places framework informs our work whilst taking into account also our local context, food culture, and the needs and priorities of our community.
The following principles guide our work
Promote healthy and accessible food to BwD residents
We will promote the importance of food to support health and wellbeing in ways which inspire people to respond, whatever their culinary and cultural backgrounds and we will work in strategic partnerships to ensure that policies and resources optimise the health of our community.
To this aim we are a partner in developing and taking forward the BwD Eat Well Move More Strategy
Good food for all daily
We will work collaboratively with organisations which provide food support for those in crisis or experiencing food insecurity to promote access to good food for all.
Through our Food Support network group we are providing a focus for the food suppor groups in our area to come togehther to share knowlegde, skills and expertise.
Build food knowledge and skills within our community
We will promote opportunities to grow, cook and eat good food by increasing knowledge and skills across all age groups and cultures.
Working in collaboration with Lancashire Wildlife Trust we have established a Get Growing Network which supports the various community garden schemes in the Borough and promotes the development of new initiatives.
Reduce food waste and use surpluses
We will work in partnership to reduce the amount of food wasted in our homes and businesses and ensure that as much surplus as possible is redirected back into the food chain.
A major focus for BwD Council in 2022/23 is the reduction of domestic food waste and we are supporting their campaign to address this issue.
Promote the use of local, seasonal food which is sustainably produced.
We will promote the use of as much locally grown, seasonal food as possible
Create good food places and spaces
We will take every opportunity to promote the role that food plays in supporting the economic growth and development of our community
In the autumn of 2022 we are running the BwD Let's Talk Food Campaign to explore the perception of the role of food in our community.