Good Food Oxford was launched in December 2013 in order to help support the existing work of many organisations in and around the city to improve our food system, to catalyse new initiatives and collaborations and to encourage more joined-up thinking and policy around food issues. After a public meeting, a steering group was formed to take GFO forward. Further meetings and consultations were held during the first half of 2014 to draft the Oxford Good Food Charter, a statement of values for a better food system in Oxford. This was launched during Low Carbon Oxford Week in June. Since then over 130 organisations have signed the Charter. In the second half of 2014 GFO collaborated with Hubbub to coordinate the Oxford Pumpkin Festival, a 10 day celebration of pumpkins involving groups from around the city and designed to raise awareness around the issue of food waste.
In its first year, GFO was run on a largely voluntary basis with some staff time and incubator support given by Low Carbon Oxford, Low Carbon Hub and Cultivate.
In its second year, GFO secured two years of core funding and currently has two part-time staff members. We have developed three focus areas – good food businesses, good food for all, and reducing food waste. Activities have clustered around these focus areas, and the network continues to grow, and meet regularly. A sustainable restaurant category has been added to the annual Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards. Good food events were a core part of Low Carbon Oxford Week in 2015, a food poverty report has been published, and the second annual Pumpkin Festival took place in 2015. The relationships with both councils and both universities continues to be strengthened.
There are lots of exciting food initiatives running in Oxford, working on everything from local supply chains to food poverty to cooking skills. Good Food Oxford promotes and supports initiatives across our nine charter areas, and leads activities on three of these areas and on network engagement.
Core series of food events as part of annual Low Carbon Oxford Week.
Establishing monitoring and evaluation processes to measure the impact of work supported and facilitated by the GFO network.
Regular newsletters, blogs and online resources for GFO Network members, as well as tailored support via email and in person.
Regular network events, including seminars, consultations and workshops.
Good Food Business
A sustainable restaurant category has been added to the annual Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards.
Annual presence at Oxford Real Farming Conference.
Online resource centre for business regulations, funding and business support.
Good Food for All
Supporting and leading on a series of research reports on food poverty and food access in Oxford.
Online resource centre for food access, food equity services and skills/training.
Offering advisory support to local food poverty initiatives, such as Feeding the Gaps.
Regular internship with Oxford University to support project work in this stream.
Reducing Food Waste
Ongoing campaigning around food waste, including the Food Waste Bill.
Annual Pumpkin Festival, following our 2014 pilot in Oxford.
Online resources on waste reduction and sustainability.
Compilation of university research on Oxford’s food system.
Good Food Oxford Charter
Good Food Oxford Network Coordinator
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