Leicester’s Food Plan was published in March 2014, marking the start of a three-year programme towards becoming a healthy and sustainable food city. The plan sets out 10 long term ambitions in an updated Food & Drink Charter as well as specific commitments to achieve by the end of 2016 and a detailed action plan – to be renewed each year.
The plan has been developed by the city’s Food Plan Board – a partnership between the City Council, the voluntary and community sector and the business community, chaired by the Deputy City Mayor. The process has been supported by sustainable food consultants f3 through the Lottery-funded project “Our Food Plan”.
Leicester’s priorities have been identified from workshops and meetings with stakeholders organised with f3’s help - with food poverty and diet-related poor health emerging as particular challenges. To address them, the Food Plan links to the work of the city’s Child Poverty Commission, its Health & Wellbeing Board and Food Banks Forum.
Health and sustainability issues are also seen as being part and parcel of growing the city’s Food & Drink Manufacturing Sector and developing its visitor offer – both economic development priorities. Through projects to support local food supply chains and a resource-efficient food industry, the plan also links to Leicester’s ambition to be a low carbon city through its Climate Change Programme of Action.
Projects in Leicester include:
Leicester's Food Plan and Charter
About Leicester’s Food Plan
About the Food & Drink Charter
Climate Change - Leicester's Programme of Action includes some of our initial sustainable food actions (pages 15-16)
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