Blackburn with Darwen Food Resilience Alliance

BwD’s Food Resilience Alliance aims to help us all have a better relationship with food to learn how we can manage what and how much we eat. We aim to link up those who grow our food locally with local people, ma ke us e of the waste caused by food surpluses at supermarkets, and support our communities to cook and eat together. The Alliance is a movement which will bring communities together to end food poverty in its
many forms, and transform the way we think about food. 

The Alliance provides a focus for community, voluntary, faith and private organisations to work with the public sector to achieve the overall aim of the strategy to improve our health and wellbeing. The BwD Eat Well Strategy highlights how all the partners including East Lancashire Hospital Trust, BwD Clinical Commissioning Group, and BwD Council are working hard to support BwD residents to become healthier. 

The Alliance is chaired by local Councillor Jackie Floyd, a retired nurse whose passion for sustainable food is rooted in public health, place, space and how we create healthy environments for communities.

What we do

As an Alliance, we pledge to:-

Tackle food poverty more effectively as a community

Promote healthy and accessible food to BwD residents

Build community food knowledge, skills and resources

Reduce food waste and use surpluses locally

These aims can only be achieved through effective partnership working across all sectors and engaging all of our community. 

BwD Food Resilience Alliance has an action plan with activities being delivered by a wide range of partners to meet the aims of our pledge above. Campaigns included within the action plan are:-

Promotion of the Healthy Start Scheme

Increasing access to holiday hunger programmes to cover all school holidays

Raising awareness of the Children's Right to Food Campaign through a local young person led campaign #bwdgetshangry

Developing a connected food growing network across the borough and encouraging and supporting those new to growing

Supporting communities to build food knowledge and skills

Supporting the development of food policies and toolkits across a variety of settings

Developing the Malnutrition and Hydration Awareness programme across BwD

Designating BwD as a Sugar Smart Borough

Supporting the Hospital Baby Friendly Team in delivering the Breastfeeding Friendly Borough action plan

Supporting all out of home food establishments to reduce food waste

Supporting and promoting elimination of food waste

Developing stronger connections between organisations and areas of work around sustainability

Reviewing and refreshing BwD’s Healthy Weight Declaration

Supporting Educational Settings to adopt the ‘Schools Pledge for a Healthy Future’


Areas of expertise

Partnership & Collaboration

Food Vision & Action Plan

Awareness and Engagement

Active Food Citizenship

Tackling Food Poverty

Promoting Healthy Eating

Supporting Good Food Business

Shifting Consumer Behaviour

Tackling Food Packaging & Waste