Sustainable Food Places

The Sustainable Food Places Network is a partnership between the Soil Association, Food Matters and Sustain, funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. The first phase of their programme, which ran from 2014-17, supported the development of cross-sector food partnerships in twelve cities nationwide, including Newcastle, aiming to raise standards in food culture and sustainability.

Following on from their previous campaigns “Sustainable Fish Cities”, “Beyond The Food Bank” and “Sugar Smart”, the latest Sustainable Food Places campaign joins up with the Peas Please partnership (which includes Nourish, Food Cardiff, and Brighton & Hove Food Partnership) to form a Veg Cities campaign, driving the consumption and promotion of sustainable vegetables.

Sustainable Food Places Network

Food Newcastle is a member of the UK Sustainable Food Places Initiative. The network is a growing movement of over 70 towns, cities, boroughs and regions that share the same approach for transforming food, food culture and who recognise the role of food as a catalyst for change in addressing key economic, environmental and social issues. The network helps places share challenges, explore practical solutions and develop best practice on important food issues.

Sustainable Food Places Award

After many months of compiling examples of the fantastic food projects being led by communities, the public sector and businesses across Newcastle, our city was awarded Sustainable Food Places Bronze Award status in June 2019!

The award is designed to recognise and celebrate the success of places taking a joined up, holistic approach to food and that are achieving significant positive change on a range of key food issues.

The application process lent itself to a truly collaborative effort, shining a light on the achievements and knowledge of a dedicated network of partners working to make significant changes to the food environment of Newcastle. This is an award for our city, shared by all partners.