The Sustainable Food Partnership Aberdeen (SFPA) is a cross-sector partnership, with members including; Aberdeen City Council, Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE), NHS Grampian, Aberdeen Health & Social Care Partnership, as well as other community and voluntary organisations, local businesses, and educational institutions. SFPA brings together key stakeholders to drive positive food change whilst making healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of Aberdeen city.
Aberdeen hosts a number of food-related projects and services, ranging from; food banks addressing food poverty & insecurity, provision of meals to alleviate social isolation, development of cooking skills and promotion of healthy eating, encouraging community food growing, improvements in procurement & catering and tackling food waste.
SFPA supports these and will encourage a co-ordinated approach to take these forward, driven by the overarching focus of the SFC Network.
SFPA will ensure key food-related challenges are shared, practical solutions explored, and best practices developed city-wide.
Community Food Initiavies North East (CFINE) Projects:
• Food Bank & Support Services
CFINE operates a food bank providing emergency food parcels to those in need. It is the lead partner of Food Poverty Action Aberdeen which brings together 50 organisations throughout the city and aims to tackle poverty and build resilience.
CFINE and FPAA adopt a position that food banks are not a sustainable solution to the problems faced by those experiencing food poverty and aim to provide a "person-centred" approach around the priority requirements of financial education and capability, employability and health and well-being.
• FareShare Grampian
CFINE operates FareShare Grampian, a franchise of FareShare UK, which distributes fresh, quality, and in-date surplus from the food industry (including supermarkets and food producers) that would otherwise go to waste.
• Community Food Outlets
Community Food Outlets (CFOs) give people in the community access to high quality produce including fruit & veg at affordable prices.
• Cook at the 'Nook - Community Training Kitchen
The Kitchen has 2 purposes: Cooking training and social contact for and with low income individuals, families, communities and organisations, offering courses around reducing food waste and healthy cooking on a budget; and a ‘cook school’ type training opportunity for paying customers, the income from which will support the free access for low income groups.
• Zero Waste Scotland
CFINE has funding from Zero Waste Scotland to offer various activities that focus on the Reduce Reuse and Recycle message including Love Food Hate Waste Cooking. They target the regeneration areas of Aberdeen.
Aberdeen Food Assembly
The Food Assembly's vision is to create a better way to eat, where everyone has access to the pleasure of local food, and is connected to the people who make it.
The Allotment Market Stall (TAMS)
TAMS has been bringing seasonal, fresh, local allotment grown vegetables and fruit to Aberdeen City since 2012. TAMS aims to reduce waste and reduce food miles.
MakeLunch - Seaton Community Church
During school holidays, the network of churches and community groups open Lunch Kitchens across the UK to provide free, healthy, cooked food for pupils who usually receive free school meals.
Free Food Monday - Fersands & Fountain Community Project
An experimental project which offers free evening meals once a month from Woodside Fountain Centre.
Healthy Living Store - Fersands & Fountain Community Project
A small store run by volunteers - selling fresh fruit, locally sourced fish, locally sourced eggs and healthier option groceries.
Northfield Total Place – Summer Meals and Activities
The staff at Manor Park Community Centre and CFINE partnered up to provide a 6 week block of Meals and Activities for local families over the school holidays.
Aberdeen City Council Projects:
• Silver Food For Life Catering Award
Aberdeen City Council has achieved a Silver ‘Food for Life’ Award for their catering in primary schools.
• Powering Aberdeen
Powering Aberdeen sets the agenda for reducing carbon emissions and includes specific actions to promote sustainable food consumption and recycling of food waste.
• Aberdeen Eco-city Awards
The EcoCity Awards recognise and reward local people for their efforts to make Aberdeen a more sustainable city.
Sustainable Food Partnership Aberdeen (SFPA) Action Plan: (Document in progress, to be uploaded soon)
Aberdeen’s Tackling Poverty Strategy (Document in progress, to be uploaded soon)
Local Outcome Improvement Plan 2016-26 (This document has sections which relate to sustainable food & food insecurity)
The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 As well as simplifying legislation on allotments, this act requires every Local Authority to establish a “Food Growing Strategy” which is currently being drafted for Aberdeen City. The aim is to link this to the Sustainable Food Cities Action Plan if possible.
Aberdeen City Council Reports:
Sustainable Food Cities - CHI/16/003
Sustainable Food Cities - Tackling Food Poverty - CHI/16/187
Tackling Food Poverty - Update Report - CHI/16/283
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