West Northants Sustainable Food Place (WNSFP) has been accepted nationally as a new member of the national SFP scheme
Written by Martin Steers on June 1, 2021
Covid has done enormous damage to people’s lives, yet even out of trauma and tragedy there are seeds of hope germinating. Many people saw that the food system was broken and that more people lacked ability to feed themselves. People started donating food to those in need, growing veg themselves, gardening, making sourdough and caring about how they ate.
With this in mind a group of people from lots of different interests in food got together to form a new partnership to improve the quality of local food: WNSFP. Over the last few months behind the scenes we have been meeting and planning, and have now secured national recognition by the scheme oversight agencies, the Soil Association, Sustain and Food matters, as a partnership, alongside giants like Bristol and Brighton. Read about the national project here. We are really honoured by this recognition.
As covid becomes manageable, we will be active in promoting and celebrating local good food: how it is produced or grown, sold and how to use it – including helping those on the lowest incomes to eat well, although this is a programme for everyone, richer or poorer.
Robin Burgess, CEO of The Hope Centre and co-chair of the group, said: “We care passionately about quality and access to food in our area. Amongst all the partners in WNSFP we are confident in making a real difference to the food we eat locally, improving access to high quality food, and helping the poorest to eat”
Tom Andrews, Director of Sustainable Food Places said “We are delighted to welcome West Northamptonshire into the network of over 50 places across the UK working to change their local food system. Good Food West Northamptonshire is bringing together local community organisations, policy makers and businesses doing inspiring work for healthy and sustainable food. The partnership is a real asset to the new local authority in West Northamptonshire”
Partnership members, Northamptonshire Public Health, through their spokesperson Rhosyn Harris, lead consultant in Health Improvement, said:
“Public Health Northamptonshire is excited to be a part of this West Northants sustainable food partnership. The aims of the project align with the goals of public health and we believe they are crucial to improving the health and wellbeing of residents and workers in West Northants.
We know that a poor diet is responsible for 1 in 7 deaths across Northamptonshire and climate change is one of the greatest public health emergencies of our generation. This initiative brings together the key agencies that can impact on this wide agenda and we are very happy to be a partner.”
Partnership member Elaine O’Leary the CEO Northamptonshire ACRE said “We work with many rural parish councils who are keen to develop local growing schemes in their community, because they want all residents to have access to good quality, locally produced food that doesn’t cost the earth. Being involved with WNSFP offers them the opportunity to link up and share with likeminded councils, hear new ideas and be inspired for their community”
To find out more about the partnership, please visit: https://goodfoodwnorthants.org/