In February 2019, Winchester Food Partnership (WFP) became a member of the Sustainable Food CIties Network..
" Winchester has now become a member of Sustainable Food Cities – a network of cross-sector partnerships in over 50 towns, cities, boroughs and counties across the country that are using food as a vehicle for driving positive change. Winchester will benefit from sharing good practice with places across the UK from Brighton to Aberdeen.
Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health and wellbeing Cllr Lisa Griffiths said: “We are working to change the way people think about food, waste and sustainability to make the Winchester district a happier, healthier place for everyone. By working with other organisations as part of the Sustainable Food Cities Network, we can make a healthy, sustainable food culture a defining characteristic of the Winchester district.”
Chair of the Winchester Food Partnership, Seb Mayfield, said “after so much hard work from a number of committed people, it’s wonderful to see Winchester finally on the map as a member of the Sustainable Food Cities Network. But the work has only just begun and with SFC’s support we can create a city that has truly sustainable food at the heart of it.
Tom Andrews, Director of Sustainable Food Cities, said: “In over 50 towns and cities across the UK, individuals and organisations have come together to develop a joint vision of the kind of food culture and food system they would like to see and are working together to make that vision a reality. The Winchester Food Partnership has shown a real ambition to transform things for the better in Winchester, and we are delighted to be able to support them in achieving their goals. ”
DEVELOPMENT OF THE WINCHESTER FOOD PARTNERSHIP
The Winchester Food Partnership (WFP) was formed in 2017 when a range of stakeholders interested in the development of sustainable food practices across the Winchester District, were brought together. For the last year, the steering group, consisting of individuals and organisations, has been developing the backbone of the Partnership by defining the aims and formulating an action plan.
Still in it’s infancy, the WFP is creating a network of like-minded people who are committed to sharing best practice across the whole of the Winchester District in order to create a healthy and sustainable food culture.
We are now looking for people who live or work in the Winchester District to join us and make Winchester a healthy and sustainable food city. Sign up here to receive our future newsletters.
The WFP is run purely by volunteers, with no external funding. The Steering Group meets bi-monthly and is made up of members from the private and public sector, food producers and retailers, local charities and the city council.
If you are already actively committed to the aims and objectives of the WFP, and would like to find out about how you can actively support the Steering Group, please email: WinchesterFoodPartnership@gmail.com.