Good Food Retail

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Funding Available for Good Food Retail

The Mayor of London is offering five grants of £5,000 to support London councils or Business Improvement Districts to improve access to healthy food through local retail. This pilot project is looking for innovative approaches or projects that build on existing work to improve access to healthy food in the retail sector.The deadline for applications is 14 February and more information is available on the Mayor of London website, and queries should be addressed to their team. 

Supporting councils to take action

During 2019 we will be supporting five councils to improve access to healthy food retail as part of the Mayor of London' s small grants programme, through providing advice and convening meetings and workshops.

This actions that the grants will support could cover a number if ideas such as

  • Increasing the number of fruit and veg stalls in a borough
  • Working with convenience stores
  • Increasing uptake of healthy start vouchers

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What is Good Food Retail?

The concept of good food retail is referred to in the new London Food Strategy, and to help progress this idea London Food Link has developed a briefing note to explore what this might look. The sector includes grocers, shops, markets, box schemes and home deliveries that sell food for consumption at home.

Broadly it includes outlets:

  • Sell sustainably produced meat, dairy and fish, wholegrain foods and Real Bread
  • Less likely to serve highly processed fatty, salty and sugary foods and sugary drinks
  • Providing safe and nutritious food for diverse needs
  • Treating employees and suppliers fairly
  • Developing collaborative relationships with suppliers
  • Reducing environmental impact

Download the Good Food Retail briefing

How can councils help Good Food Retail?

The briefing covers this but broadly this includes things such as :

  • Development of a Good Food Retail Plan
  • A joined up approach between public health, economic development, regeneration and planning teams
  • Supporting retail outlets accepting Healthy Start Vouchers,
  • Encouraging street markets with thriving fruit and vegetable stalls
  • Access to premises and street food trading opportunities
  • Loans or grants for start-up costs with business support from an enterprise specialist
  • Innovative retail approaches to tackling household food insecurity

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This is the umbrella for all of Sustain's initiatives in London. Our work includes helping to influence local government policy, hands-on food growing training, running sessions for public sector caterers, creating guidance for independent eateries and food producers, public awareness campaigns, and joining the dots between people around specific food issues. The LFL supporter network is open to everyone who grows, produces, teaches, peddles, promotes and simply enjoys good food in the capital.

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