Response, Resilience and Recovery: London’s Food Response to Covid-19

This year, Sustain's annual report assessing action on food in London replaces and combines their previous Good Food for London and Beyond the Food Bank reports. The new report looks at what London councils had in place before Covid-19 that enabled a good food response, their emergency food response to Covid-19, as well as recovery planning to ensure a good food environment and access to food for all. 

Credit: Sustain

Credit: Sustain

The report finds that where strong foundations were in place that predated the Covid-19 pandemic, by and large this enabled a stronger, more resilient food response to the pandemic. The research also found that the conditions created by the pandemic have, in a significant number of cases, engendered new positive action on food, especially in terms of new partnerships between councils and the voluntary and community sector.

Contents of report 

  • Executive summary
  • Survey and approach
  • Recommendations for action
  • Council leadership in food across London
  • London’s food in numbers
  • How are councils taking action?
  • Partnerships and collaborative approaches to action on food
  • Joined-up work on food across London during Covid-19
  • ‘Cash-first’ approaches to tackling food poverty
  • Food access
  • The Covid-19 emergency food response across London
  • Issues with the emergency response
    • Food access and Black, Asian and minority ethnic Londoners
    • Food access for older, disabled and medically vulnerable people
  • Children’s food access
  • Food growing and production
  • Supporting a good food economy
  • The climate and nature emergency and food
  • Healthier Catering Commitment
  • Food related recovery planning

Download the full report on Sustain's website here.

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