Food Newcastle is leading a movement of organisations and individuals who are demanding a healthier food culture to improve the quality of lives in Newcastle.
Our approach is to work with policy and decision makers to effect strategic change (in areas such as procurement, waste and environmental sustainability) that will shift the food system of Newcastle and increase the supply of healthy and sustainable food. We also aim to connect many more residents with all aspects of good food (growing, buying, cooking, eating) in order to increase demand for a healthier food environment in Newcastle. 2016 will see Food Newcastle focus on a primary programme of work supported by 4 additional programmes.
Our main programme of work for 2016 and into 2017 is to build a representative, influential partnership, capable of determining its own longer-term future.
The development of a city wide food partnership is intended to support a coordinated approach to everything that Newcastle can do in relation to food; an enabling environment for creating a healthier food culture.
Our re-vamped website acts as the hub for food activity and projects in Newcastle and communicates news, events and case studies of good work taking place across the partnership. Social media continues to play an important part in reaching a number of audiences along with our fortnightly newsletter.
We will also coordinate four supporting programmes:
We will continue to convene a cross-sector food poverty working group to develop solutions to the root causes of food poverty and in so doing, reduce the demand for emergency food aid.
Areas we will focus on are based on the outcomes of our workshop conference Tackling Food Poverty Together in 2015 and also on guidance from the Beyond the Food Bank campaign.
2016 will see the creation of a citywide food policy. Newcastle City Council and the Food Newcastle partnership will work together to co-design and develop the policy with the full range of stakeholders connected to food in the city. The policy will demonstrate how together as a city, we can achieve a vision of a healthier food culture, improving the quality of lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. The policy will help current food focused work to thrive and strengthen connections between food and other areas such as health, local economic development and creating sustainable communities.
Throughout 2016 Food Newcastle will be documenting examples of the fantastic food projects being led by businesses, the public sector and communities across Newcastle in order to put forward a Sustainable Food Cities Award application in December 2016.
Food Newcastle is supported through funding by Sustainable Food Cities and Newcastle City Council, Public Health. 2016 will see plans developed to ensure the long-term sustainability and growth of the partnership. Our future plans are strongly connected to our engagement with stakeholders from every corner of the food system of Newcastle.
Food Newcastle is a small organisation working with many others to make a big impact on the food landscape of Newcastle. Everyone who shares our vision for a healthier food culture in Newcastle to improve the quality of lives is invited to join us. Sign up, get in touch and take action!
Last year we held a workshop conference ‘Tackling Food Poverty Together” which highlighted the need and desire to work jointly across the city on initiatives linked to food poverty prevention.
Jesmond Food Market - Helped set up and run a community food market on an iconic bridge above Jesmond Dene. Market has been running monthly since 2015 and supports over 25 local food traders and street food stalls. Newcastle’s first community run food market.
Newcastle Pumpkin Festival - Coordinated the inaugural 2015 Pumpkin Festival – planning a bigger and better festival for 2016!
Employee engagement event at a large local manufacturing business on the themes of the Food Charter.
Design hack with the food Newcastle partnership to share and generate new knowledge and inform our membership growth strategy for 2016.
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