Good FiG is delighted to announce that we received the Sustainable Food Cities Bronze Award last week in Liverpool. Sustainable Food Cities (SFC) is a network of cities and boroughs across the country bringing together people and places to share challenges, explore practical solutions and develop best practice on key food issues. Their approach involves developing a partnership of local agencies, businesses, academics and other organisations committed to working together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live.
The SFC awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the success of those places taking a joined up, holistic approach to food and that are achieving significant positive change on a range of key food issues. A city or borough can go for bronze, silver or gold with only 2 cities achieving silver so far, and none reaching gold….. yet!
Greenwich was one of the founding members of the SFC network in recognition of all the incredible work happening in the borough from tackling food poverty, to supporting food businesses and to being proactive about reducing food waste, so it was with great pleasure that we were told our application for the bronze award had been granted. In fact, our application form was so good they could find no areas of perceived weakness and wondered why we hadn’t gone for silver!
Claire Pritchard and Mel Taylor of GCDA, who administer the network, were presented with the award at the annual SFC conference in Liverpool last Monday night, and haven’t stopped smiling since.
The award is an incredible achievement and cements what we have known for a long time – that Greenwich is a special place when it comes to food! It is in recognition of the amazing partners we have in the borough including GCDA, Fareshare, Greenwich University, GS Plus, Charlton Athletic Community Trust, Charlton Manor Primary School, the Honest Loaf, Greenwich Pantry, and so many more amazing organisations – see our network page for them all. These partners and their work are the very foundations on which the network is built, and without them there would be no Good Food in Greenwich – so thank you to all!
And of course, none of this would be possible without Public Health and the Royal Borough of Greenwich who have supported the work of the network unendingly with funding, enthusiasm, commitment and passion.
If you’d like to be a part of this incredible network, there are loads of ways you can get involved from attending and supporting events, to sitting on a sub group andgetting involved with the action, to making a pledge to make a change to do something for Good Food. So get involved and help us get to silver next year, and be the first place to get gold!