Established in 2003, the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership brings together community organisations, statutory agencies, local businesses and individual residents in a city-wide, strategic approach to food. We are aiming for a sustainable food system – one that is healthy, respects environmental limits and supports a vibrant farming and food economy.
Spade to Spoon: Digging Deeper, a food strategy and action plan
In 2012, the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership launched the city's second food strategy which sets out how collectively as a city we will achieve a vision of a healthy, sustainable and fair food system for Brighton & Hove. The strategy aims to tackle health inequalities, reduce food poverty, support local food businesses and reduce the environmental impact of the way we produce, consume and dispose of food.
Spade to Spoon includes an ambitious but practical action plan involving over 50 partners in its delivery. Strategy partners include the city council, public health, the universities, NHS bodies, local businesses, a wide range of community and voluntary groups and key local players involved in areas as diverse as tourism, sport and the South Downs national park. The Food Partnership's role is to drive delivery of the strategy, report on progress, and deliver some of the actions.
Community nutrition service – Delivery of community-based healthy living programmes including weight management for adults and children.
Community Cookery – We work with individuals and groups to give people the skills and confidence to be able to cook healthy, seasonal and affordable food. This includes running a range of courses for people of varying skills. We also support a network of community cafes.
Sharing the Harvest – A growing for wellbeing project supporting people with learning disabilities or those with experience of homelessness, mental health issues, abuse or addiction. We know that food growing can positively impact people’s health and happiness, so are working to develop gardens and connections to help make this happen. This project follows on from our award winning food growing project, Harvest. See evaluation below.
Food poverty - We offer food poverty awareness training and have developed resources and advice for front line workers and people directly experiencing food poverty. We contributed to the All Parliamentary Enquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty and are in the process of bringing partner organisations together to commit to a food poverty action plan for the city.
We also co-ordinate a network for local food banks.
Love food Hate Waste – promoting the minimisation of household food waste through workshops community events and community composting.
Sustainable Fish City - The Sustainable Fish Cities campaign asks cities to buy, eat and promote only sustainable fish. Brighton & Hove has signed up and the city council, school meals service and Brighton University, to name a few have already pledged.
Healthy Choice Award – to encourage caterers to offer healthier food options in a clean environment.
BHFP recently submitted a comprehensive response to the City Plan aiming to secure Council support for a sustainable food systems planning approach, recognition of the need of land for food growing (especially on the urban fringe), space for food infrastructure and the importance of urban design that encourages healthy behaviour.
Read Brighton and Hove Food Partnership's Silver Sustainable Food City Award application
In 2012 we launched a refreshed food strategy ‘Spade to Spoon: Digging Deeper’. You can read a short progress report here.
Brighton & Hove has become a One Planet City which includes a commitment to actions around healthy and sustainable food including public procurement and land for food growing
The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment includes chapters on adult and childhood healthy weight and food poverty.
Planning Advice Note on Food Growing and Sustainability Checklist for Planning applications. In 2011 Brighton & Hove City Council adopted a Food Growing and Development Planning Advice Note in recognition of the significant role food plays in delivering sustainable development.
Harvest evaluation – final project report which details the impact of this award winning food growing project.
Food procurement case study – read how Brighton & Hove developed minimum buying standards for City Council catering contracts.
Listen to a radio interview of Emily O’Brien, Project Manager at Brighton & Hove Food Partnership who offers us a definition of food poverty and discusses how Brighton & Hove is working as a city to address this increasing problem.
Vic Borrill or Roberta Emmott
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
07 717 802 188
0127 343 1713
0207 065 0902
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is
funded by the Esmée Fairbairn