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Take action to put food at the top of your local agenda

Write to your local elected leaders today and ask them to support a joined up approach to food issues in your local area.

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Child hunger and an explosion of demand for food banks are the tip of the iceberg and the ultimate proof that there is something wrong with our food system.

Do you live in England and want a food partnership in your local area?

Please take 3 minutes of your time to write to your Councillors – we have the template already written for you.

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Many more challenges are mounting: from the growing environmental impact of food on our planet, rising levels of obesity, to the uncertainty faced by the hundreds of thousands of people employed in the catering and hospitality industry. These problems can’t be solved with a quick sticking plaster but require people locally coming together for a shared understanding of the problems and identifying the best solutions.

The headlines may be national but many of the solutions lie at the local level, as we have seen time and time again in the delivery of the emergency food response during Covid-19. Food partnerships are a brilliant way to bring together citizens, local government, community groups, businesses and academics to promote good food for all. In places where they already exist, they have helped drive collective progress on many of the issues above.

Published Wednesday 10 March 2021

Local elections: Amid a pandemic, economic downturn and a nature and climate emergency, elections are taking place for the Scottish Parliament, Senedd Cymru and many local councils and combined authorities in England on May 6 2021.

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