BwD Food Alliance is a collaboration between public sector and the third sector.  It is lead by the Council's Public Health Directorate and Together Lancashire, jointly co-chairing the Eat Well Strategy sub group; we encourage all those organisations who respond to food poverty to work together to be more effective.  The Eat Well Strategy has now been widely adopted by strategic health bodies.  The Eat Well Action Plan is here.

We are now working to develop a food poverty action plan which moves people from crisis provision to becoming more resilient when it comes to food.  Those involved include housing associations, primary/secondary schools and many third sector organisations as well as the public sector.  These provide a range of responses to crises brought about by poverty, as well as programmes to prevent people becoming trapped in the web of poverty. 

The Food poverty action plan is being widely consulted, and co-produced by the public, third sector and their partners.  It will reflect needs of BwD residents. It will provide a focus to co-ordinate existing activities so that we can best use our resources, skills and expertise.

Communication is so important; the Alliance will provide a central point of contact for food poverty and sustainability activity.  CLICK HERE OR ON OUR LOGO ABOVE TO GO TO OUR WEBSITE.  It is recognised that we need to be more visible through web-based media, but we also need to build personal relationships.  The Alliance will provide the momentum to do this, and to be a point of reference/information.  We are also committed to ensuring robust evaluation of action plan including return on investment information.

By improving our engagement with the public, we will raise awareness of issues regarding food poverty/sustainability. Not least we will campaign for change, and be a voice for the vulnerable people in BwD.

The Darwen Group meets regularly, and has done some pioneering work with the Darwen Enterprise Academy; we are exploring how we can poverty proof schools.  This is being driven by learners, and changing the culture in the school. 

A conference and programme of events will take place wc 22 October.  Contact Gill Beeley [email protected].  To book https://bwdfoodalliance_itsapoordo_oct18.eventbrite.co.uk