Notes from Feeding Bradford AGM and Network Meeting

8th October 2018 1.30 to 3.30pm


2018/01            Welcome, Apologies and Introductions

Present:         34 signed-in attendees, contact us for full details. 

Cathy welcomed everybody to the meeting and everybody introduced themselves and their organisation.


2018/02            Reports from the Steering Group

2018/02.1          Activity Report

Cathy introduced the new structure of the Feeding Bradford Network with a more formalised structure. Organisations are invited to become members, and membership is free.

As a network, Feeding Bradford have more possibilities, e.g. when applying for funding. 18 months ago, the previous network become part of Feeding Britain, as one of the pilot projects.

So far, approx. 45 organisations have signed up to become members.

Cathy introduced Feeding Bradford’s Annual Report for the AGM and went through the report, giving information on the highlights, work priorities and challenges the network faces.

2018/02.2          Financial Report

Cathy introduced Feeding Bradford’s Financial Report and explained the figures.

See link below for full reports. 


2018/03            Election of Steering Group Members

Angus McNab has resigned from the Steering Group due to starting a different role, and Sarah Possingham is not standing for re-election due to time constraints.

The current steering group members standing for re-election are Cathy Henwood, Gareth Batty, Juli Thompson, Natalie Wordsworth, Zak Ansari. New members standing for election are Dave Myers and Jane Lees.

All the current members who were standing for re-election and the two new candidates were voted in unanimously as the new Steering Group.

This concluded the Feeding Bradford AGM and moved on to the Network Meeting.


2018/04            Feeding Bradford Network Meeting

2018/04.1          Holiday Schemes

Cathy introduced the holiday schemes that ran during the summer – 6 schemes in total, 3 in community centres, 2 youth clubs and 1 school. This was part of the Department of Education Holiday Hunger pilots, and Feeding Britain worked with 9 pilots of which Feeding Bradford was one.

In total 121 days of activity and food were offered, with a total of 2900 child days and meals delivered.


Report from Juli (Storehouse):

We have been working with FareShare for the last 3 summers and providing food to serve about 250 meals per day.

This year under the banner of Jamie’s Ministry of Food, cooking sessions were provided, and activities extended around fitness.

Occasionally food provision was a challenge due to the unpredictability of intercepted food.


Report from Jane (Communityworks) – 4 weeks 3 days of holiday scheme

In term time, running 11 after-school clubs per week. In those clubs and in play schemes, children are fed. Children attending the holiday schemes came predominantly from the immediate area, many of Pakistani Mirpuri background, and a large Roma population. The holiday scheme was free, and they even took kids on trips. Most days, about 30/32 kids attended, one day there were 42. They sometimes had to turn people away in order to run high quality safe activities. The cook at the centre is very flexible and can cook “anything with everything”. Feedback was that some children tried healthy foods and their eating habits changed. 19 parents gave feedback all of them where positive.


Report from Natalie (Gateway Centre) – 5 weeks for 5 days holiday scheme

The holiday club provided breakfast, lunch and tea. 96 people was the most they had, which included parents and children. They provided sport, dance, cooking, arts & crafts and some trips which were thoroughly enjoyed by the children and the accompanying adults.

Cathy mentioned other holiday schemes, some did not run every week but only for 1 or 2 weeks or for 1 day every week, another centre ran a lunch box scheme and handed out food to directly combat holiday hunger. FB is encouraging other organisations to try holiday schemes, this does not have to be a full time scheme.

We currently haven’t got any funding to build capacity to run high quality safe schemes, this is a challenge we are working on.


2018/04.2          Voting for Suggestions

Sheets were set up with the following headings, under which attendees put their suggestions. Some of the suggestions were put there at the recent Steering Group meeting, others were put by attendees from this meeting. At the end, attendees were voting on which items they thought most and second / third most important on each sheet.

Favourites in italics and bold


Supporting People in Crisis

  • Get main foodbanks on better footing with FareShare and supply chains – 1D
  • Where possible join up local welfare advice systems and foodbank offer – possibly for street food too – 1D
  • Reduce amount of non-healthy food offerings on street and with meals– sweets, doughnuts etc.
  • Some providers in funding crisis – try to fund sustainable solutions / funding for these – 2S
  • Can we get “food knowledge” and “cooking skills” for those accessing crisis food – 9D
  • Long term view on a short term crisis eg substance misuse issues – 2D
  • Clear guidance around how people progress out of crisis – food ladder model – 8S, 4D


Protecting People from Hunger

  • Get all schools on board for breakfast clubs / food clubs during holidays – 2S, 2D
  • Plus community based holiday and after school food & fund as gives so much more than food – 2S, 7D
  • Schools to provide more services for parents – cooking classes – 3S, 4D
  • Bring back School Nutrition Action Groups – 2S, 1D
  • Better information about food projects not aimed at householders in a crisis – 1S
  • Advice and support for people in crisis – regarding food, benefits, housing, mental health – to help move out of crisis – 3S, 1D
  • Hidden food poverty within the Asian community – how do we give permission to open this up? – 4S, 1D
  • Wider issues – difficult economy and lack of political will to act
  • Brexit – this risks leave some of our European residents stateless


Low cost food for people vulnerable to food poverty

  • Continue to support “pay as you can” market and other options- 4S, 1D
  • Better / stronger relationships with allotments / food growers and food distributors – 1D
  • Before school clubs – possibly offering something other than bread and jam
  • More food coops – i.e. social supermarkets – get multi-faith venues, schools etc on board – 2S, 1D
  • More info / timely dissemination of low budget / PAYF availability, i.e. utilise social media – 3D
  • Start local campaign (like in the War) GYO in your back garden
    • Incentivise it! – 2S, 4D
    • Run competitions for kids / families
  • Are older people vulnerable to food poverty in our district – research and pilot to find out – 3D
  • Develop and sustain holiday provision – 4D


 Building Food Security

  • Cook & Eat sessions (find all lost qualified workers!) – 3S, 1D
  • Supply chains and information on services and pay as you can options – 2S, 1D
  • Action to bring back disused allotments into community food productions – 2D
  • Add schools to develop allotments with children and educate in growing, making a dish from the growth – 2S, 1D
  • Campaigns both local and national – 1S, 2D
  • Moving people “beyond food” – at present we are only supporting current needs. Move / lift people out of food crisis – 3S, 2D
  • Increasing networks so people link with non-food related community organisations, eg dance, art, learning organisations


The numbers after each proposal are for stars (most important) and dots (second / third most important). Every attendee was invited at both meetings to put one star and 2 dots against the proposals on each page.


To view Feeding Bradford's Annual Report (including financial report), please click here

To view the Feeding Bradford Data Collection Report, please click here

To view the Feeding Bradford July Meeting Report, please click here

To view the Constitution of Feeding Bradford, please click here

To view the Feeding Bradford Vision and Work Priorities, please click here