Glasgow Food Policy Partnership (GFPP) is an unconstituted group of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. The partnership was established in 2014 out of the need for the city to have a more sustainable food system. Its partners have a common goal towards one specific objective - we believe that a fairer, healthier, more sustainable and resilient food system would make Glasgow an even better city to live in. We want Good Food For All and we believe that together we can make it happen.
GFPP is currently jointly chaired by Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) and Glasgow Community Food Network (GCFN). Our partnership includes representatives from:
• CEMVO Scotland
• Chamber of Commerce
• Community Food & Health Scotland/Public Health Scotland
• Glasgow Centre for Population Health
• Glasgow City Council (Policy Team and Cllr Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction)
• Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP)
• Glasgow Community Food Network
• Glasgow South West Foodbank
• Landworkers Alliance
• Nourish Scotland
• Scotland Food and Drink
• The University of Glasgow
• Zero Waste Scotland
Since its inception GFPP has educated individuals and organisations about the food system and the importance of local food for the environment, communities and economy. The partnership has worked with community, voluntary, public and private organisations to decrease food poverty, reduce food waste and improve procurement practices in the city. It has liaised with local authority and public sector caterers and food growers, held events and seminars to various audiences and connected local and national organisations to work together towards a healthier food system in Glasgow and the rest of Scotland.
GFPP helped establish Glasgow Community Food Network in 2017, which connects around 300 members and supports community growing and food education activities in the city. GFPP and GCFN have supported/delivered national campaigns including Sugar Smart and Veg Cities.
GFPP has responded to many food related consultations held by the Scottish Government and the local authority. Following up the response to Glasgow City Council (GCC) Food Insecurity Consultation in 2018, GCC set up a Food Insecurity Working group. This lead to Rose Voucher scheme and pantries to be piloted in Glasgow.
In 2019 GFPP organised a city-wide Food Summit during which it gained support for the development of Glasgow City Food Plan, an ambitious plan involving a small planning team, over 80 organisations and 6 working groups. The consultation is open for responses until 31st December 2020 and the final plan will be launched in spring 2021. GFPP will be in charge of overseeing the delivery of the 10-year plan.
In spring 2020 GFPP was part of Food for Good Glasgow, a group of organisations helping co-ordinate emergency food provision during COVID-19. Through liaising with its existing partners, GFPP managed to get organisations to provide storage space, staff and volunteers for the project.
In November 2021 Glasgow will host COP26 Climate Change event and GFPP hopes to work with partners around the city to influence the food served during the event, as well as contribute to the planning of any food related satellite-events. It also aims to create a ‘sustainable food charter’ and ‘sustainable food guide’ for those visiting Glasgow.