Our network

Food Power works across the UK to support local food poverty alliances to develop and expand their work.

By ‘food poverty alliance’ we mean a partnership or consortium of organisations, ideally drawn from across the public, voluntary, faith and community sectors, who commit to working together to tackle food poverty in a given geographical area. We believe that by working together, coordinating our efforts and sharing practice we can make a significant difference to the lives of those in food poverty.
Key programme dates

Developing an alliance

Whether your alliance is well established or just getting started, there are a variety of ways our network can help develop your strategic work. We offer advice on developing a food poverty alliance, financial support for members, peer mentoring and toolkits available to download.

Empowering experts by experience

During the first year of the programme (2018-2019), Food Power supported three pilot projects to empower people with lived experience of food poverty to take part in setting the strategy of their local food poverty alliance and develop action plans. Over the next two years different tools for community participation and empowerment will be implemented by further alliances in the network with support from Food Power staff. Learn more and explore resources for action.

Annual theme

Each year the network focuses action and financial support on a key issue of common concern and opportunity. During our first year the focus was on action to maximise family income, with six member alliances running projects. Our 2019-2020 theme is improving the uptake of Healthy Start vouchers to help low-income pregnant women and young children better access healthy food. We host monthly webinars on related topics, which feature speakers from local alliances sharing details of their work in this area.

Key dates for 2020

NB: Many of our planned events for spring and summer 2020 have been postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. We are working to create more online opportunities for our network and will update this page accordingly. 

Throughout the year our peer mentors host Regional Learning Networks for food poverty alliances that are members of Food Power. The following table lists upcoming meetings for 2020, some of which have specific themes. Any member of Food Power is welcome to attend these meetings, even if outside of their region. For more information and to register your attendance, please directly contact the peer mentor listed in the far right column. More about our peer mentors.

Date Topic Location Contact & registration
22 Jan Good Food  Webinar Listen to the recording
29 Jan Regional discussion Middlesbrough, North East Jamie & Nicola
31 Jan Scottish showcase Aberdeen, Scotland Ben
Postponed  Retail: How do food hubs, pantries and social supermarkets work and how can we support them locally? Preston, North West Lucy
27 Feb A toolkit for empowering people who have lived experience of food poverty Webinar Listen to the recording
Postponed Tackling rural food poverty: What can we learn from each other? Matlock, Derbyshire, Midlands Bev
14 March Food and enterprise: meals on wheels services and community food businesses from around the globe Webinar Listen to the recording 
28 April Healthy Start learning network: Updates on digital plans and local case studies of improving voucher take up in Cambridge and Brighton & Hove Webinar Emily & Sam, Listen to the recording 
Postponed Pantries, food hubs and community-led retail models Cardiff, Wales Pearl & Katie
Postponed Retail & redistribution Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Midlands & East Bev
Postponed Diversity & inclusion: What’s your experience of working with diverse communities? Challenges and successes Lancaster, North West Lucy
Postponed Experts by experience: Lessons learned, Leapfrog tools and looking forward TBC, North East Jamie & Nicola
10 June Food Power annual conference Webinar Registration info will be emailed to members
23-24 June

ENUF Food and Poverty Conference, King's College, London

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TBC July Holiday provision Thanet, London, East & South East Emily & Sam
8 October Holiday provision & young people: The role of young people as activists on food poverty, and sharing experiences of how to support families at risk of “holiday hunger" Blackburn with Darwen, North West Lucy
TBC October Improving uptake of Healthy Start using a systematic approach Welsh Valleys, Wales Pearl & Katie
TBC November Right to Food TBC Jamie & Nicola

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