Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance

The Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance will initially map the work on food poverty that is being done throughout the City and surrounding villages, with a view to consulting with users of relevant services and organisations providing services; sharing resources, best practice and information locally; researching what has been done successfully elsewhere; developing a Food Poverty Action Plan to ensure an evidence-based joined-up approach to food poverty in the City.

Members: Cambridge Sustainable Food; Cambridge City Council; Cambridge City Food Bank; Cambridge FoodCycle

Established: 13/10/17

How Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance 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
Developing and implementing a food poverty action plan
Supporting alternative retail, e.g. community shops, cooperatives

Video recorded at the Food Power national conference 2018

Developing a participatory model of holiday lunches in Cambridge (May 2019)

Understanding the barriers families face in accessing holiday lunch programmes, and working with Cambrdige City council to pilot a more participatory model.

Increased midwives’ understanding of Healthy Start in Cambridgeshire (November 2018)

Researching barriers and addressing misconceptions to understand what further training is needed to improve Healthy Start uptake.

Map of food poverty alliances


Sam Dyer

Food Partnership Coordinator
Cambridge Sustainable Food


Food Power works with local communities across the UK to strengthen their ability to reduce food poverty and tackle its root causes.

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