Having grown and developed from local community action, Food Monmouthshire is a continuation of the good food movement already fostered by previous partnership working across the county since 2016. We are a cross-sector Partnership involving public-sector, third-sector, businesses and community representatives.
Food Monmouthshire aims to:
Food Monmouthshire has a Steering Group and Interim Chair, who are accountable to the full Partnership. The Steering Group meets monthly, and the full Partnership quarterly. Food Monmouthshire is hosted by Monmouthshire County Council.
We are very lucky to be working on this agenda in Monmouthshire. Ours is a rural county that produces lots of food (and could potentially produce even more), while some of our key local and regional decision-makers have put tackling inequality at the top of the agenda, and recognized that good food is central to human wellbeing and social justice. That puts us in a very exciting position, with the chance to innovate and drive change both politically and practically.
Food Monmouthshire members have identified food security and the cost-of-living crisis as our top priorities, and we are currently forming a Framework for Action and developing projects that will help address these pressing issues.
Partnership members are supporting each other's work in emergency and direct food support, while also trying to make our communities more resilient in the long term. Our activities cover education, training and workforce development; business support for local producers; and influencing public-sector procurement in order to help widen access to healthy and nutritious food.
One of our particular ambitions is to grow a Good Food Movement in Monmouthshire from the ground up, both by developing stronger branding and marketing (e.g. Food Charter), and by getting out there in our wellies to support community growing and good food citizenship. We are also exploring ways to create links between producers and consumers to encourage understanding and stronger communities through food.