Good Food for London 2016

The Good Food for London report measures progress and encourages London councils to take action on good food. It measures action on 11 different good food measures, from food growing, encouraging breastfeeding, school food, Fairtrade and fair pay. Scores range from 95 to 15 per cent. The Good Food for London league table 2016 is topped by the London Borough of Islington, followed by Greenwich, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Merton.


This year’s highlights include:

  • 30 out of 33 councils improved their scores since 2015
  • Many councils are serving sustainable fish; higher welfare meat, eggs and dairy and organic and freshly prepared food in schools and nurseries
  • Fewer are promoting whole-school approaches to changing food culture in schools showing there is still more that could be done in schools
  • Many are tackling food poverty by encouraging breastfeeding to ensure the best start in life for infants, and also paying the Living Wage to council staff and contractors and promoting the Living Wage locally
  • Increased support is being shown for food growing in the community and in schools
  • Many are including access to good food in planning policy (e.g. restricting new hot food takeaways) and working with local businesses to improve the food they serve through healthier catering accreditation schemes.

Report contents

London boroughs league table   
Part 1: Maps of actions London boroughs are taking to support healthy and sustainable food   

  • Ensuring the best start for every baby   
  • Community food growing   
  • The London Living Wage   
  • Fairtrade food   
  • Food for Life Catering Mark   
  • Sustainable fish   
  • Animal welfare   
  • Healthier catering   
  • Access to good food   
  • Local food partnerships   
  • Changing food culture in schools   

Part 2: Further action for good food by London boroughs   

  • The Local Authority Declaration on Sugar Reduction and Healthier Food   
  • Beyond the Food Bank: London’s Food Poverty Profile 2016   
  • Food waste recycling in London   
  • Procurement Across London - Catering Group   
  • Food Flagships: second year   

View the Good Food For London 2016 league table 

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