Good Food Oxford was launched in December 2013 to identify and catalyse actions by individuals and organisations that will promote a healthy, fair, ethical and environmentally sustainable food system across Oxfordshire. We support the existing work of many organisations in and around the city to improve our food system, to promote new initiatives and collaborations, and to encourage more joined-up thinking, research and policy around food issues. After a public meeting, a steering group was formed to take GFO forward and developed the Oxford Good Food Charter which was launched during Low Carbon Oxford Week in June 2014
Since then over 140 organisations have signed the Charter, in 2018 Oxford achieved a Bronze Sustainable Food Places Award, and in 2020 we started to expand countywide working in partnership with Public Health, county, city and district councils as well as local businesses, and the community and voluntary sector.
Our staff team of 3 people reports to a Steering Group overseeing our SFP and other project work. Our Board of Directors oversees the companies' obligations. Our Advisory Group provide higher level strategic advice.
We are currently working towards our SFP Silver Award for the City and Bronze for the rest of the County.
We have previously delivered a Sugar Smart campaign and this ongoing work is now embedded within our local Food Sustainability and Health Partnership.
As part of our Veg Cities campaign we ran a Switch Up Your Lunch Campaign in June 2020, encouraging Oxfordshire's residents to opt for a vegan or veggie lunch. The campaign engaged close to 13,000 people directly through organisational and individual pledges and reached over 55,000 people across Oxfordshire on social media. Read more about the impact we had collectively on the Good Food Oxford blog and re-watch the cooking demos on Facebook. We participate annually in Oxford Green Week and our annual Pumpkin Festival highlights the issues of food waste and promotes fun and creative ways to tackle it.
Tackling Food Poverty
Working with Food Power we have established a Food Access Alliance to guide our work on Food Poverty. Our work in this area has looked at the real cost of eating well in Oxford and led to our campaign for a Real Living Wage to enable this. Our current Food Power work is addressing holiday hunger and access to affordable healthy food in the Cutteslowe and Littlemore areas of Oxford.
We have developed the Food Services Access Map to enable anyone looking to access free, subsidised or waste food can find services near to them. Through our Community Food Networks we are supporting local collaborations of food banks, community larders and meal delivery services, local schools, universities and business to ensure food access for all. We deliver Food Poverty Training and Cooking Skills Training through these networks.
Catering and Procurement
Our Catering and Procurement Working Group includes representatives from Oxfordshire's public institutions and businesses who are committed to embedding sustainable and fairtrade practices within institutional practice.
Our current research programmes are looking at: