Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

An independent non-profit hub for information, inspiration & connection around food. Also coordinates food strategy. The Food Poverty Action Plan aims to reduce levels of crisis/emergency food poverty; reduce long term food poverty (household food insecurity); embed food poverty prevention into policy; & become 'the city that cooks and eats together'. Over 78 actions, each with an agreed lead partner, work towards these outcomes. Partners adopt 10 principles on food poverty work in the city.

Members: The Food Poverty Action Plan has over 50 cross-sector partners. Key stakeholders include Brighton & Hove City Council (partners in over half of the actions); Other statutory sector organisations; Community, voluntary & faith groups; Food banks via the Emergency Food Network; Shared meals settings and Advice services. The food poverty work sits under Spade to Spoon, the city wide food strategy & action plan which also has many partners - see

Established: Food poverty action plan (FPAP) launched Nov 2015; Food Partnership established 2003

How Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is taking action to help tackle food poverty

Improving coordination and navigation of the local welfare safety net
Supporting fair pay by promoting the Real Living Wage to the local council and employers
Supporting services that provide financial crisis support and advice
Increasing the uptake of Healthy Start vouchers and the number of retailers who offer and promote the scheme
Ensuring children’s access to food 365 days a year through support of holiday food provision, breakfast clubs and uptake of free school meals
Empowering experts by experience in the alliance’s strategic work
Developing and implementing a food poverty action plan
Ensuring all residents have physical access to good food
Supporting alternative retail, e.g. community shops, cooperatives
Supporting and enhancing meals on wheels provision
Promoting breastfeeding initiatives to boost the health of infants and mothers

Video recorded at the Food Power national conference 2018

Building on our three year food poverty action plan (July 2018)

How Brighton & Hove Food Partnership are mainstreaming food inequality issues into their second city-wide food strategy.

Map of food poverty alliances


Emily O'Brien

Policy & Partnerships Manager
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership


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