Bradford's Food Strategy is coordinated by Bradford Council, working with a range of partner organisations. The Strategy aims to strengthen local food networks in ways that promote environmental sustainability, food security, social equity, economic prosperity, fair trading and the health and well-being of all residents. The strategy has agreed three priorities to take the strategy forward. Those priorities are, Healthy Eating, Food Affordability and Growing to Eat and also some overarching aims and objectives. Focus going forward is now to include issues of food affordability and poverty as services and organisations have recognised an increasing rise in foodbank usage and use of food co-ops. It is important the actions going forward to achieve the strategy address and reflect the pressing issues that face Bradford citizens.
Food surplus – There are 160 tonnes of food waste generated at St James Wholesale market. The aim is to sift through the quality produce before it is sent to landfill and redirect the produce to soup kitchens or pay-as-you-feel cafes.
Child food poverty project – as a response to high poverty levels in Bradford a 3 phased project has been designed to alleviate children in poverty and to enable means to good nutritional food. Phase one required a call to Bradford primary schools to establish which are currently running breakfast clubs and provide funding to those who don’t, to set up a sustainable breakfast club. Phase two to encourage food growing with pupils, whether this is to build raised beds in the school grounds or creating growing patches for the pupils to cultivate upon. Phase three is to link children and parents/ guardians with food related community projects. The whole project is to raise food education within schools and to raise awareness of good nutritional food.
Food mapping system – Using the GiS system all food activity will be plotted on a map for public use. Examples of information are council owned allotments, food banks (will state whether it is referral only or not) and various community projects. This system will host sensitive information and will therefore be screened to certain organisations/ sectors.
Information about current initiatives can be found on the bwhatyoueat website.
The Bradford District Food Strategy
Further information about the Food Strategy can be found here
07 717 802 188
0127 343 1713
0207 065 0902
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is
funded by the Esmée Fairbairn