Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

We are a non-profit organisation helping people learn to cook, eat a healthy, sustainable diet, grow more food and waste less of it. Founded by residents in 2003, we now have over 10 staff delivering a range of projects, working with a huge network of partners including community organisations, statutory agencies, businesses, and individual residents. Our work is overseen and steered by our Board of Directors to which members are elected each year at the annual general meeting.

Our vision is healthy, sustainable, fair food for all. We aim to connect and inspire individuals, community groups and organisations. We believe food is more than just fuel, it brings people together and changes lives.

We won ‘Non-profit of the year’ 2019 at the Brighton & Hove Business Awards, ‘Team of the Year’ at the Cost Sector Catering Awards 2019 and the ‘Community Benefit Award’ at the 2019 Southeast RICS awards for building our Community Kitchen. We led Brighton & Hove’s successful submission for ‘Silver Sustainable Food City’ status and are coordinating a bid to go for Gold in 2020. We hold the PQASSO Level 2 quality mark and are proud to be a Living Wage employer.

What we do

As a partnership we have:

  • Developed a Food Strategy Action Plan.
  • Founded 75 community gardens, planted 200 orchards, and use 3000+ allotment plots.
  • Transformed the lives of 2,000+ people with mental health issues through gardening.
  • Reduced obesity among children - 26.1% of the city’s Year 6 pupils are overweight/obese compared to 34.2% nationwide.
  • Increased breastfeeding rates – 75% in the city vs a 50% national average.
  • Awarded Healthy Choice Awards to 200+ organisations for their healthy-eating options.
  • Enabled 1,167 households to compost food waste through community composting schemes.
  • Addressed social isolation through food with almost half a million meals shared annually.
  • Established 170 volunteer-led community food projects.
  • Worked with public and private sector caterers, collectively serving over 2 million meals monthly, to improve food standards.
  • Developed award-winning Minimum Buying Standards for council catering contracts.
  • Embraced accreditation schemes such as Food for Life and MSC Certification for many public and private sector catering establishments.
  • Given evidence to the House of Commons select committees on sustainable food (2011) and food waste (2017), and at the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry on hunger and food poverty (2014).
  • Embedded food into 8 major local policy documents, including the City Plan.
  • Embraced innovative food businesses including Ethical supermarket HISBE; community pub The Bevy and food market Street Diner.
  • Increased local produce usage through Community Supported Agriculture schemes for vegetables (Fork and Dig It), meat (Sheep Share and Pig Share), and supported local distributors including Fin and Farm and The Sussex Peasant.
  • Founded community enterprises such as The Real Junk Food Project’s ‘pay-as-you-feel’ shop and cafes, Stoneham Bakehouse and the Community Kitchen.
  • Piloted the national Sugar Smart campaign.
  • Adopted a Planning Advisory Note encouraging developers to include space for food-growing in new developments.
  • Featured as best-practice case studies in the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs British Food Plan and within the Department of Health’s Childhood Obesity Plan.
  • Led the city’s emergency food response to the pandemic and crowdfunded to raise over £50,000 to buy food and essential supplies.
  • Been funded to kickstart 6 affordable food schemes in 2020.
  • Become the UK’s first Silver Sustainable Food City.

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

Good Food Procurement

Transforming Local Supply Chains

Climate & Nature Friendly Food

Tackling Food Packaging & Waste

 🗸 Cookery Education

 🗸 Food Growing

 


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