The programme aims to strengthen and develop new and existing food poverty alliances from across the UK. By ‘food poverty alliance’, we mean a partnership or consortium of organisations (ideally drawn from across the public, faith, voluntary and community sectors) who commit to working together to tackle food poverty in a given geographical area. We believe that by working together and coordinating our efforts and sharing good ideas and practice between us we can make a significant difference to the lives of those in food poverty.
Whether your alliance is well established or just emerging, there are a variety of opportunities to engage with the Food Power network in order to develop your strategic work. Financial support is available to support alliance development, production of food poverty action plans and exchanges visits to other alliances. In addition to the project staff employed by Sustain and Church Action on Poverty, there is a team of peer mentors drawn from those local areas that have already pioneered food poverty alliances, spread out across different regions of the UK. Peer mentors support the development of other local food poverty alliances and help facilitate peer learning in their region.
During the first year of the programme we will run three pilot projects to trial approaches that engage experts by experience in setting the strategy of a food poverty alliance and developing food poverty action plans. These will explore different tools for community participation, voice and empowerment which will then be delivered in a further 12 areas over the following years. The pilots will run from March 2018 - March 2019 and will receive support from programme staff and a strong process to evaluate what works well. Each pilot will receive up to £5K to support the involvement of the food poverty alliance.
The application period is now open for alliance's to register their interest in engaging experts by experience. Read more about the guidelines for involvement and how to apply.
Annual Food Power Push
Each year we'll do a network-wide Food Power Push to bring attention to an issue of common concern and opportunity. The topics will be chosen based on consultation with alliance members and announced at the start of each year. Our work on this theme will involve
- Publishing a briefing paper on the issues involved and what alliances can do to take action
- Hosting webinars on related topics
- Offering financial support for alliances for work in this area
- Providing resources for alliances to take action (e.g. promotional materials)
- Sharing case studies of action
- Workshops at the annual conference
In January 2018 the first Food Power Push will be announced and the application process will open for alliances to apply for up to £5k funding for work in this area.
Delivering evaluation pilots
As a part of the programme, we will produce evaluation tools which can be used widely across the sector to demonstrate the impact of food poverty projects. This will involve carrying out in-depth evaluation of the impact of the programme in a selection of areas, in collaboration with our evaluation partner at Cardiff University; learning which can then be rolled out across the remaining alliances.
Alliances will be able to apply to deliver an evaluation pilot. This can involve developing and trialling evaluation tools or hosting a deep-dive evaluation of the programme's impact. Participating alliances will receive up to £5K to enable their involvement.
Key dates for 2018
- 8: Maximising Family Income financial support opens for applications
- 26: DEADLINE for Engaging experts by Experience financial support applications
- 31–1 Feb: Food Power peer mentor induction (Manchester)
- 21: Mapping and measuring food poverty and the local response (webinar)
- 21: DEADLINE for Maximising Family Income financial support applications (more info)
- 19: North West Regional Learning Network meeting (Lancaster)
- 20: Ensuring children's access to food 365 days a year (webinar)
- 22: South West Regional Learning Network meeting (Exeter)
- 16: North East & Yorkshire Regional Learning Network Meeting (Doncaster)
- 16-17: King's College Conference on Food and Poverty (more info)
- 25: City University Food Policy Symposium (more info)
- 26: Evaluating your alliance’s impact (webinar, registration TBC)
- 23: Food Power webinar (topic TBC)
- 4: North West Regional Learning Network (TBC)
- 26–27: Food Power Conference (Cardiff)
For further information about any of the key dates or events above, please contact Maddie Guerlain.