Hackney Food Partnership (HFP) brings together groups and individuals to help create a more healthy and sustainable food system and to encourage and support action on food issues throughout the borough.
HFP builds on what is going well in Hackney, such as the many local food growing initiatives, as well as addressing a wider range of issues such as ethical, healthy and sustainable food procurement, promotion of local shops and markets, development of supportive planning policies and food poverty.
Since its launch in March 2014, Hackney Food Partnership’s work has included:
• Helping to promote the work of Hackney’s many food growing groups such Growing Communities, Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, Hackney Herbal, Hackney Hop Growers and St Mary's Secret Garden. We are also looking to convert a long disused bowling green into a shared community garden and resource centre and to influence planning policy to improve access to land for food growing.
• Working with the Council’s public health team to identify current local initiatives around food poverty, such as Bags of Taste, East London Food Access, Social Kitchen, Made in Hackney and North London Action for the Homeless, and to outline a programme of work for groups to lead on.
• Engaging businesses on food issues with ideas such as a food pledge and mapping local food supply. A key aim is to link the many food growers and processors with Hackney’s burgeoning number of independent food shops, cafés and restaurants.
• Supporting Feedback who are based in Dalston and have done so much to highlight the global food waste scandal through their Feeding the 5000 campaigns and Gleaning Networks, to cast a light on Hackney’s own food waste and how it can be reduced. Local groups working in this area include Save the Date, The People’s Kitchen, and Food Cycle.
• Seeking a change in Hackney Council’s school food procurement policy in order to support schools to procure more sustainable and healthy food. We aim to build on good practice, take advantage of collective buying power and highlighting the benefits of improving food culture in schools.
The key document outlining the partnership’s aims is the Hackney Food Charter.
Michael Calderbank / Kerry Rankin
Sustainable Hackney / Growing Communities
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