Sustainable Food Lancashire was established in December 2013 after a Lancashire wide event held at Edge Hill University. It is a partnership of 17 food experts from a range of organisations across Lancashire whose intention is to use food as a catalyst to tackle local challenges.
SFL have established and are supporting 7 local action groups in: Lancaster, Preston, Blackpool, Blackburn, East Lancs, Fylde and Wyre, and West Lancs. The aim of these groups is to build on and support existing work, identify gaps and groups working in isolation and to work together to address a range of food issues.
The SFL Charter was launched at an event at Preston Minster in March 2015
Lancashire and Region Dietary Education Resource (The Larder) was established as a Community Interest Company in August 2015, and aims to implement the charter through education and training. The Larder provides accredited and bespoke food and health related courses and workshops specifically tailored to meet the needs of a range of audiences. Read more on Sustainable Food Lancashire in Lancashire Life
At present we are running the Food Champions Programme in Preston, Blackpool and Blackburn. Once trained the Food Champions will deliver healthy sustainable food messages by delivering cookery classes and food related workshops. The programme is being evaluated by Edge Hill University with a view to rolling it out across the county and possibly, the North West.
Disco Soup – An event held in Preston in August 2015 where a team of chefs fed over 400 people from food which would otherwise go to landfill. This event attracted a great deal of media attention and prompted the Preston Food Waste campaign.
Pumpkin Fest was held in November 2015 as part of the Preston Food Waste campaign. We were given 120 pumpkins that a local farmer had grown for Halloween but hadn’t managed to sell. At very short notice we managed to pull together a fantastic team of volunteers who served delicious soup, pumpkin pie and hot spiced pumpkin and apple juice to 100’s of shoppers at Preston market. Read more
The campaign is building up to a café that will intercept food that farmers and supermarkets can’t sell and make it into meals for the public. The café will be based on a pay-as-you-feel concept and will also be a training/signposting/health hub.
Sustainable Food Lancashire Constitution
Sustainable Food Lancashire Charter
Big Lunch Extras Case Study on Sustainable Food Lancashire
Sustainable Food Lancashire: An interview with Mark Dooris
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