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

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
6 October Creating your own work during challenge poverty week Online, hosted by Church Poverty Action More info here or contact Ben
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
9 October Practical considerations for a community food retail project Online, hosted by Food Cardiff More info to register or contact Pearl
13 October Same Boat? film premiere and Q&A, part of Challenge Poverty Week England & Wales Online, hosted by Church Poverty Action More info here or contact Ben
15 October Same Boat? book launch and open mic, part of Challenge Poverty Week England & Wales Online, hosted by Church Poverty Action More info here or contact Ben
22 October Getting your message across confidently Online, hosted by Church Poverty Action More info here or contact Ben
23 October Getting ready to go with your community food retail project Online, hosted by Food Cardiff More info to register or contact Pearl
TBC October Improving uptake of Healthy Start using a systematic approach Welsh Valleys, Wales Pearl & Katie
TBC November Right to Food TBC Jamie
10 November 'Artivism' for everybody Online, hosted by Church Poverty Action More info here or contact Ben
26 November Live collage: A collaborative online workshop using digital materials to explore how we can Build Back Better for Food Justice Online, hosted by Church Poverty Action More info here or contact Ben
10 December Celebrating the community we’ve created and visioning for 2021 Online, hosted by Church Poverty Action More info here or contact Ben

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