Stockport is part of the Sustainable Food Cities Network, and through Feeding Stockport, was one of only 6 cities/regions in the UK chosen to receive funding through the programme.
“The Sustainable Food Cities programme is about using food to improve people’s health and wellbeing, creating new businesses and jobs and reducing our impact on the environment. Food is not only at the heart of some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems including obesity, food poverty and climate change but it is also a key part of the solution.”
Co-ordinated by Kindling, Feeding Stockport aims to make Stockport a truly Sustainable Food City by working towards a fair, economically, environmentally and healthy food system for the borough. It aims to enable consumers to have access to good quality, fairly priced, local food whilst ensuring the economy is buoyant, environmental factors around food growing, production and waste have been addressed, and we act to promote health and wellbeing of our communities.
Kindling employs a full time member of staff who is working closely with the community and partners/local funders Stockport Council and Stockport Homes to support great work already happening and drive forward a diverse programme of activities improving the borough’s food system.
The benefits of a more sustainable food system are far reaching - improving livelihoods, the environment, health and wellbeing, and ultimately making Stockport a fantastic place to live!
In consultation with others, Kindling has developed a Feeding Stockport website which links up and promotes the businesses and organisations working towards a more sustainable food system, and to provide information and discussion forums about sustainable food issues. It is a true 'one-stop shop' for the sustainable food movement in Stockport!
Other Feeding Stockport projects include
- Identifying and supporting sites for community growing and efficient utilisation of greenspace around urban areas. Stockport Council have provided 12 new community orchards.
- Mapping and increasing the commercial food growing/farming opportunities around Stockport in the rural districts. Land has already been identified for Stockport’s first Farm Start initiative for 2015.
- Supporting and encouraging the increase of food co-ops, community and business enterprises around food. Stockport Homes supported by FareShare North West and CASU Greenman have set up Penny Lane Pantry which serves over 200 people in one of Stockport’s priority areas.
- Developing a programme to support public and private sector with sustainable procurement, food production and sales. Partners currently include Solutions SK, Food for Life and Sustainable Fish Cities.
- Stockport Food Inquiry - Ourlife are carrying out a deliberative enquiry on food, including real and perceived barriers to healthier eating in central neighbourhoods.
Sustainable Food Cities (run by the Soil Association, Sustain and Food Matters) is funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation with local funding for Stockport also coming from Stockport Council and Stockport Homes.