With London in lockdown, while we try to halt the spread of COVID-19, London’s food enterprises and organisations have been rapidly responding to the challenge to our food supply. Here we share a few of the initial responses:
From ensuring the most vulnerable are fed to maintaining local supply, we are seeing some amazing and rapid responses from our local food heroes.
London Food Link is also looking at how best we can signpost and share information, so if you are a food enterprise or organisation tell us more in our short survey.
Supporting local supply chains
These exceptional circumstances have shown how important ‘resilient’ food systems are, for the producers and consumers. In the last few weeks we have seen :
Adapting business models for delivery
Small organisations have been showing how quickly they can adpat, with many catering and other food enterprises adapting their model for delivery, such as
Those looking for support with adapting their models can check out Open Food Network, Big Barn and other food networks, providing support.
Do you have a new business model to share or want mores guidance or support? Email or complete our short survey.
Feeding the vulnerable
One of the most impressive mobilization has been around feeding those most in need; from the medically vulnerable and older people, through to those at risk of food poverty, we have seen a rapid response, with City Harvest and other food surplus redistributors working together to create local hubs.
Other community responses have included:
You can also find a list of List of London Mutual Aid Groups.
London Food Link, and Sustain nationally, will be continuing to collect, share, signpost and support those wanting to support their communities and bring good food to local communities. Sign up for our news or join us to stay up to date.
London Food Link
London Food Link: 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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