Birmingham Food Council CIC was established in March 2014, with grant funding from Birmingham Public Health. Its work is guided by the Birmingham Food Charter which aims to improve the health of Birmingham’s residents, its economy and its environmental sustainability.
Its Board of Directors represent various perspectives on food; including food supply and public health. It also has a prestigious Panel of Experts to call upon. The Board are currently focussing their efforts on six inter-connected strands of activity, and publishing reports when appropriate:
We are exploring the impact of food on the city economy. Our interim report published in December 2014 confirmed that the impact is significant and highlighted the various tensions that exist. We are currently examining these tensions. We have a coordinating role in Birmingham’s response to food crime, drawing on Elliott Review Birmingham.
We have commissioned research into the scope and nature of urban food growing in the city, in collaboration with Growing Birmingham, the organisation that coordinated bringing The Big Dig to the city. Our report on findings will be published here in the late spring of 2015.
We have set up and are leading a project to scope a city-wide strategic response to the challenges presented by food poverty, notably emergency food provision (e.g. through food banks) in partnership with the Ashram Housing Association and the Trussell Trust.
We started to research food waste in Birmingham but have a lot of more questions. The city is one of Love Food Hate Waste’s ‘10 Cities’; this project includes waste reduction training sessions and cookery classes.
In addition, we support other initiatives in Birmingham, including:
Birmingham Food Charter
Other documents, reports and useful information can be found on our website
Birmingham Food Council
07 717 802 188
0127 343 1713
0207 065 0902
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