Today, Sustainable Food Places and its network of 60 local food partnerships, supported by over 30 food and farming organisations, academics and experts, wrote to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick. The letter asks Government to recognise the vital work of local food partnerships during Covid-19 and to support one food partnership in every local area in the UK.
This direct appeal to Government is part of the Sustainable Food Places Day of Celebration and Action which also includes members contacting their MPs to highlight their local efforts and a celebration of the vital role of food partnerships happening on twitter under #goodfoodtogether #foodpartnership.
If you are part of, or have worked with, a local food partnership, we are asking you to share what you’re most proud of in working to create a better food system for everyone in these challenging times. Post on social media one thing you are really proud of about your local food partnership’s work. Use the hashtags #goodfoodtogether #foodpartnership and tag @FoodCities, @MHCLG, @RobertJenrick, your local food partnership and local authority to spread the word on social media and help increase our reach.
While the government was quick to identify 2.2 million clinically vulnerable people as eligible for food parcel deliveries, thousands of low-income Britons fell through the cracks and soon found that emergency responses had left them behind. Empty supermarket shelves, food shortages and oversubscribed online delivery services soon compounded the isolation, until their neighbours stepped in. Communities, councils and local businesses came together to ensure continued supply of healthy, local food to those most in need. Community responses have been a life-line for thousands of vulnerable Britons who continue to rely on these local networks.
But now that the lockdown is easing, Sustainable Food Places fears that support for emergency food systems currently in place – including local council responses and government food parcels – will progressively wane, while the demand for food from vulnerable people will remain and could even increase.
Get tweeting!! Tweet ideas for you to use; and don’t forget the hastags!
Cast your net wide and tag @FoodCities, @MHCLG, @RobertJenrick, your local food partnership and local authority to spread the word on social media and help increase our reach. Tag other local organisations and stakeholders you work with.
Use the hashtags #goodfoodtogether #foodpartnership
- Local Food Partnerships play a vital role, not just in the current crisis. Check @FoodCities letter to Secretary of State @MHCLG @RobertJenrick asking for support to 1 #foodpartnership in every local area #goodfoodtogether https://tinyurl.com/y9dfew76
- Today June 10th @FoodCities wrote to Secretary of State @MHCLG @RobertJenrick asking for support to 1 #foodpartnership in every local area #goodfoodtogether https://tinyurl.com/y9dfew76
- Local Food Partnerships have been a lifeline for 1000s of vulnerable people across the UK during #Covid19 and need to be better supported. Check @FoodCities letter to Secretary of State @MHCLG @RobertJenrick asking for support to 1 #foodpartnership in every local area #goodfoodtogether https://tinyurl.com/y9dfew76
- Feeling very proud to have worked alongside [local partners handles] to provide residents of [your place] with [outcome of your project – include numbers where possible] @FoodCities #foodpartnership #goodfoodtogether @[your local authority / your local DPH] https://tinyurl.com/y9dfew76
- We’re celebrating the incredible solidarity shown by the organisations and people of [your place] working with the #localfoodpartnership @FoodCities to respond to the #Covid19 crisis. Thank you [local partners handles / local authority / DPH]. Take a look at [your project name / weblink].