Who was responsible for Olympic food?
Different authorities were responsible for different aspects of food for the London 2012 Games:
- In the construction phase, food was the responsibility of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)
- For Games time, and for the Cultural Olympiad, food was the responsibility of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)
- Local authorities around the country oversaw food provision at Olympic-related events such as screenings (live sites), the torch relay and unticketed road events
Sustain’s London Food Link project supported the ODA’s caterers to improve the healthiness and sustainability of food served to construction workers. Hear about their work on the Radio 4 Food Programme broadcast on Monday 6 April, 2009. The picture on the left shows the BBC Radio 4 Food Programme's Sheila Dillon interviewing environmental health officer and healthy eating champion Ros Seal, who helped the ODA's construction workers to receive tasty, healthier and more sustainable food options.
From spring 2009, right up to the time of the Games in 2012, Sustain also contributed to LOCOG’s Food Advisory Group, helping to set out the case for healthy, ethical and sustainable food for London 2012 and provide information and practical support on how this can be achieved. LOCOG published its London 2012 Food Vision in autumn 2009, which served as the blueprint for food standards for the Games. Read more at: www.sustainweb.org/olympicfood/food_vision_launched/