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2010 updates

Winter 2010

Twenty-two institutions including hospitals, universities and local authorities received GFPP awards on 30 November at City Hall. Around 100 people attended – a good showing, considering the heavy snowfall! Several of the institutions’ caterers remarked on how much they appreciated the recognition and how it inspired them to continue with their good work.

At the Mayor’s Responsible Procurement Awards in December, the GLA announced that its GLA Group has made a commitment to ensuring that all its members purchase sustainable food. Sustain and GFPP have helped with the work needed to enable this to happen. The Group consists of the Metropolitan Police Service, London Fire Brigade, Transport for London and the London Development Agency – as well as City Hall. The commitment will therefore be put into practice in approximately 150 sites across the London.

Barking & Dagenham Council will not now be able to lead on a joint fruit and vegetable contract, but fortunately Havering Council have stepped into the breach. It is unlikely that it will be awarded this financial year but we will be able to shortlist suppliers and complete the paperwork to help make this initiative a success.

The University of Greenwich has formally approved a sustainable food policy. The policy, developed with GFPP, embeds the commitment shown by the University’s Facilities Management team and provides a target-based sustainable food policy including Fairtrade products, sustainable fish, free range eggs and organic dairy.

Summer 2010

Good Food on the Public Plate is supported by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and London Food Board, and continues to work as a flagship project of implementation of the London Food Strategy.

The collective milk tender for the London Cluster is progressing well, with the London Boroughs of Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Enfield, Hounslow and the unitary authority of Thurrock committed. A tender should be issued imminently by Havering. We also hope to have a collective meat tender issued in the near future.

For the Chelsea Cluster, in addition to the Royal Brompton, Imperial College and the Royal Marsden are now purchasing produce from Fresher By Miles. The Royal Marsden used St George’s Day to launch a focus on seasonal food. We designed a poster to advertise it and we are delighted to hear that the response from customers was very positive. Thamesbrook Nursing and Residential Home, a small 52-bed unit which is also part of the cluster, is setting up an account with the commercial local food hub Fresher by Miles as part of the agreement.

Four “Feel Good Food Day” events have taken place at the Royal Brompton, City University, Royal Holloway (University of London) and the London School of Economics. The Royal Holloway event was particularly successful but we have learnt from all of them and will use this knowledge to plan those in future. Several more events are in the planning stages and should take place in the summer and autumn.

We have now written the case study about the South London & Maudsley Trust and Aramark caterers, detailing what has been achieved at Lambeth Hospital and how this could be replicated across the trusts under Aramark’s management.

Winter 2010

Twenty-two institutions including hospitals, universities and local authorities received GFPP awards on 30 November at City Hall. Around 100 people attended – a good showing, considering the heavy snowfall! Several of the institutions’ caterers remarked on how much they appreciated the recognition and how it inspired them to continue with their good work.

At the Mayor’s Responsible Procurement Awards in December, the GLA announced that its GLA Group has made a commitment to ensuring that all its members purchase sustainable food. Sustain and GFPP have helped with the work needed to enable this to happen. The Group consists of the Metropolitan Police Service, London Fire Brigade, Transport for London and the London Development Agency – as well as City Hall. The commitment will therefore be put into practice in approximately 150 sites across the London.

Barking & Dagenham Council will not now be able to lead on a joint fruit and vegetable contract, but fortunately Havering Council have stepped into the breach. It is unlikely that it will be awarded this financial year but we will be able to shortlist suppliers and complete the paperwork to help make this initiative a success.

The University of Greenwich has formally approved a sustainable food policy. The policy, developed with GFPP, embeds the commitment shown by the University’s Facilities Management team and provides a target-based sustainable food policy including Fairtrade products, sustainable fish, free range eggs and organic dairy.

Good Food on the Public Plate (GFPP) is supported by the Greater London Authority and London Food Board.  We have reached the end of our interim phase of funding and are waiting to hear about extended funding. In the meantime, the project has continued to make good progress in helping public sector institutions in London to buy more sustainable food.
 
Negotiations are progressing with the London Cluster on a joint milk tender that incorporates sustainability in the contract weighting. The Chelsea Cluster of public sector organisations is also developing well. Imperial College is purchasing Kentish potatoes from the local supplier ‘Fresher By Miles’. All other members of the Chelsea Cluster are now considering stocking some fruit and veg from the same supplier. The Chelsea Cluster is also in the process of putting together a collective tender for sustainable fish.
 
Preparations for the 2010 Good Food on the Public Plate Awards on 30 November are well underway. The mayor's food advisor and Chair of London Food Rosie Boycott will again host and chair the event. This year we will be accepting applications from institutions that GFPP has not worked with directly, and an application form will be available shortly.

 

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