“The Bristol pilot is committed to supporting and encouraging initiatives that improve well-being by creating the context for all people in the City of Bristol - irrespective of social or ethnic background - having access to resources, abilities and facilities to grow, purchase, prepare and cook fresh, healthy and affordable food. In essence we aspire to a ‘Zero Hunger Bristol.” 

The mission

Feeding Bristol is committed to supporting and encouraging initiatives that improve well being by creating the context for all people in the City of Bristol - irrespective of social or ethnic background - having access to resources, abilities and facilities to grow, purchase, prepare and cook fresh, healthy and affordable food. In essence, the group aspire to a "Zero Hunger Bristol".

 
How we work

Feeding Bristol emerged originally in response to a statement made by the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, nearly two years ago when he said publicly “no child should go to school hungry”. In the summer of 2017 Feeding Bristol was launched with wide community participation and support.

Feeding Bristol gained charitable status on 19th March 2018, and is chaired by a Board with representatives from local businesses, food charities, local food growers, and the local Council. A broader steering group of around 20 individuals, representing 14 organisations, meets every two months to coordinate activities.

After open and public consultation 5 key priorities were set:

  1. Improve emergency provision to support immediate need with an initial focus on childhood hunger;
  2. Improve education relating to cooking and healthy eating;
  3. Significantly increase urban food production and the supply of good quality local food to the city within a sustainable economic framework;
  4. Improve the provision of healthy food across all parts of the city through home and local growing projects;
  5. Tackle issues surrounding benefit sanctions and welfare reform.

What's next

As a new Feeding Britain pilot and registered charity, Feeding Bristol is currently planning projects that seek to meet the 4 key Feeding Britain areas of activity. Project planning is currently being supported by in depth research projects which are identifying gaps in provision, highlighting need, and evaluating the possible impact of various approaches. Future work will seek to scale up successful projects and develop better support for more hidden aspects of hunger, including older people experiencing social isolation and malnutrition, and members from the BME community and refugees.

For more information about the pilot and how to get involved please contact [email protected].

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