Food Power works across the UK to support local food poverty alliances to develop and expand their work.
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.
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.
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.
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|
ENUF Food and Poverty Conference, King's College, London
|Online||Find out more|
|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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