Celebrating food for good

On Wednesday 13 September, around 60 lovers of good food gathered at Today Bread in Walthamstow for the launch of London Food Link’s new Urban Food Heroes award.

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Run as a flagship event for Urban Food Fortnight in association with UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs, the evening featured a handpicked selection of stories from people who are doing good through food.

They included:

  • Orla from Organiclea, which provides training in urban growing and a buddy system to support new food growers
  • WalthamGrow co-founder Mathilde on Chef Supported Agriculture
  • Pranav, founder of Nemi, a chai company that creates employment and training opportunities for refugees
  • Today Bread founder Alex, who also collaborates on good food initiatives, including Top Boy bakers and Toast Ale
  • The Drawing Shed team on Top Boy Bakers, a project based around a pizza oven on a local estate to empower young men who live there
  • Alice and Rachel of Luminary Bakery, a non-profit enterprise in east London working for the empowerment of women
  • Laura from Headway East, a charity supporting people affected by brain injury
  • Rubies in the Rubble founder Jenny, on upcycling surplus food into award-winning condiments
  • Amy of Change Please, a project training people who are homeless to be baristas
  • London Food Link’s Sarah on the new Urban Food Heroes award
  • Laura from UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs

This was followed by a community noticeboard, which invited people to talk for a minute on their local food plans, offers and asks.

Attendees also had the chance to sample food and drink from some of these, and other, good food enterprises, as well as a surplus-saving cookery demo from Ceri of Natural Kitchen Adventures and Made in Hackney.

The evening continued with networking over a selection of London-made food and drink.

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