Working towards the eradication of food poverty by improving access to affordable healthy food for all, whilst seeking to influence the underlying causes

Holiday Food and Fun club The mission

Leicester is working towards the eradication of food poverty by improving access to affordable healthy food for all, whilst seeking to influence the underlying cause.


How we work

The Feeding Britain pilot in Leicester sits within the local council and is chaired by Councillor Sarah Russell, Deputy City Mayor and Lead Member for Children & Young People’s Services. The pilot is guided in part by the Leicester Food Plan, a strategic approach to making Leicester a sustainable food city. The Feeding Leicester pilot was set up to ensure that actions to end food poverty and improve the food system are joint led by the voluntary, public and private sectors. Nine organisations are involved in the pilot with representatives meeting bi-monthly.


What we've achieved

Key activities implemented over the past year include:

  • Food bank plus
  • Fuel bank
  • Support to food banks (volunteer training, improved access to surplus, sharing of knowledge, and coordination of provision)
  • Holiday food provision
  • Healthy eating in schools program
  • Mapping and analysis of food aid provision


What's next

In the coming year Leicester will develop their partnership, expand their network, and scale up their current projects. Further interventions and projects are planned around better protecting people from hunger and building food security such as food growing, community cafes and social supermarkets.