London Borough of Merton Public Health Team and Sustainable Merton, a community-led initiative working with residents, businesses and organisations on sustainability, have coordinated the development of the Merton Food Charter, bringing together partners to create a vision for healthy and sustainable food for all in Merton. With inequalities existing between the east and west of the borough, we aim to galvanise action to improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy food and bring about a culture change in how people interact with food. Our vision for a healthier food environment will impact not only on health outcomes but provide benefits in environmental sustainability, community cohesion and the local food economy.
There are many food initiatives currently occurring across Merton. These include:
• Healthier Catering Commitment
London Borough of Merton actively promotes and supports businesses to achieve the Healthier Catering Commitment for London
• Fairtrade Merton
Merton has been a Fairtrade borough since 2009, with an active steering group promoting Fairtrade throughout the borough.
• Dig Merton
A community food and plant growing project commissioned by LBM and managed by Sustainable Merton, helping residents make the most of local land.
• Healthy Workplaces
London Borough of Merton has achieved London Healthy Workplace Charter ‘Commitment’ status, with action being taken to support staff to eat healthily.
A new Healthy Workplace Outreach service for small to medium businesses is being delivered by Merton Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Public Health, incorporating aspects of healthy eating.
• Merton’s Mega Recycle
A Council-run scheme to encourage residents to increase their recycling over the next 2 years, with cash rewards for individuals and communities.
• Healthy Schools
Healthy eating, cooking and food growing sessions have been commissioned for schools in East Merton as part of the local targeted Healthy Schools programme.
In addition to the above projects, healthy eating standards have been embedded in catering procurement at Merton Civic Centre, all school meals in the borough are now cooked on site and schools are involved in active food waste recycling. Other activities have included the painting of allotment fences with a seasonal growing calendar, cooking classes delivered at Mitcham Market and ‘Food and Health’ courses delivered to carers of people with learning disabilities.
Merton Food Charter
London Borough of Merton
07 717 802 188
0127 343 1713
0207 065 0902
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is
funded by the Esmée Fairbairn