ShefFood - Sheffield's Food Partnership

ShefFood is the sustainable food partnership for Sheffield. We are a cross-sector partnership of local public agencies, businesses, academic and community organisations committed to working together to create a more sustainable food system for Sheffield.

Why Sustainable Food?
Across the UK, cities have recognised the key role food can play in dealing with some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges and are taking a joined up approach to transforming their food culture and food system. From obesity and diet-related ill-health to food poverty and waste, climate change and biodiversity loss to declining prosperity and social dislocation, food is not only at the heart of some of our greatest problems but is also a vital part of the solution.

What Does ShefFood Do?
Sheffield was awarded a Sustainable Food Places Bronze Award in 2021. ShefFood is now leading a Bronze to Silver campaign across six key areas:

  1. Promoting healthy and sustainable food to the public
  2. Tackling food poverty, diet-related ill health and access to affordable healthy food
  3. Building community food knowledge, skills, resources and projects
  4. Promoting a vibrant and diverse sustainable food economy
  5. Transforming catering and food procurement
  6. Reducing waste and the ecological footprint of the food system

What we do

Recent Achievements

  • Sheffield was awarded a Sustainable Food Places Bronze Award in 2021.
  • Organised regular Covid-19 Response online meetings, email bulletins and social media posts throughout the CV19 crisis to connect & support food system organisations, share best practice and coordinate activity
  • Supported the SFP Day of Celebration and Action with social media posts and newsletter feature
  • Delivered the Veg Cities Fresh St campaign offering fruit and vegetable cash transfer vouchers
  • Participating in the Self-Organising Action for Food Equity (SAFE) digital & comms infrastructure project to support multi-organisational food partnership working in Sheffield
  • Organising the ShefFood Bronze Accelerator food partnership development workshop
  • Produced the ShefFood Village area of the Sheffield Food Festival 2019
  • Launched the Discussions Over Dinner event series in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and Food Works Sheffield.

Areas of expertise

Partnership & Collaboration

Food Vision & Action Plan

Awareness and Engagement

Active Food Citizenship

Tackling Food Poverty

Good Food Procurement

Transforming Local Supply Chains

Tackling Food Packaging & Waste

We have recently developed the Local Food Action Plan for Sheffield, outlining 73 Actions from 69 organisations in the city to make a more fair and sustainable food system.