Calderdale joins Sustainable Food Cities

23 January 2018

We're delighted to welcome the Calderdale Food Network as the most recent member of Sustainable Food Cities, supporting Calderdale's efforts to make local, healthy and sustainable food available to everyone.

Calderdale has long been an innovator around local food from Incredible Edible born in Todmorden, to the Council and Clinical Commissioning Group’s commitment to funding programmes that embed a whole system approach to food. The organisations in the Borough are now working towards an integrated approach to this work in forming the Calderdale Food Network and joining Sustainable Food Cities.

Calderdale Council’s Director of Public Health, Paul Butcher, said:
“Food related ill health costs Calderdale over £20 million a year. We want this to change and being part of the Sustainable Food Cities Network is an important element of our work to make good food the easy choice for everyone."

“Knowing more about the foods we eat, where it’s come from and having access to healthy foods regularly is important to improve our health. Being part of the Sustainable Food Cities Network will allow us to build on our existing work, such as our community growing schemes, as well as learning from others in the network.”

Calderdale Food Network incorporates community food anchors, from the Incredible Aquagarden to Love Bread, third sector organisations such as Voluntary Action Calderdale and Food for Life Calderdale, and statutory partners, including Calderdale Council’s markets team, public health team, and local Councillors.

The Calderdale Food Network is committing to an action plan to galvanise their work around key themes. This will include an in-depth look at what food poverty means in one of the most deprived wards in Halifax and an event in March which will see local secondary school pupils sharing research into the food available on the school fringe.

Calderdale Food Network has been supported by the Soil Association’s Food for Life programme, which is funded by Calderdale Council and the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group. The Calderdale Food for Life Programme is a place-based whole system approach to good food working with and coordinating action across public settings.

Take a look at Calderdale's shop window on the Sustainable Food Cities website 


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation 

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