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.
 
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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, 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. The next year the theme was improving the uptake of Healthy Start vouchers to help low-income pregnant women and young children better access healthy food. In 2020-21 we are focusing on the response to and (hopefully) recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. We host monthly webinars on related topics, which feature speakers from local alliances sharing details of their work in this area.

Key dates for 2021

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 2021, 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
17 - 20 May Food Power festival Online Catch up here
29 June The Food Power Story Online Sign up here

We will update this page with further information as the programme develops further. In the meantime you can contact Cecily Spelling with any queries or catch up on previous webinars.


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