Good news. There’s already lots of good stuff happening around food in Cardiff.
We’ve pinned the projects, schemes, and businesses taking action onto a map so that you can see what’s going on and find out how to get involved.
From community food growing projects to sustainable restaurant awards, whatever you’re looking for you can find it on the Food Cardiff map.
Please note that this map has not been updated in the past few years but if you have any questions please Contact Us.
Food Cardiff Organisations – places pledging to do things differently
Look for our logo! Organisations displaying the Food Cardiff window sticker and certificate have pledged to take at least one positive action on food. Find out who’s taking action at www.foodcardiff.com.
Sustainable Restaurant Award
The Sustainable Restaurant Award gives star ratings to restaurants going the extra mile for sustainability. Look out for the logo on menus, websites, and on window stickers. Find out more at www.thesra.org
Food for Life Catering Mark
The Catering Mark is awarded to food providers who are improving the food they serve by using fresh ingredients free from additives and trans fats, choosing higher animal welfare ingredients, and complying with national nutrition standards. www.sacert.org/catering/standards
Fish2Fork: The Restaurant Guide for Sustainable Fish
Choose a tasty fish dinner from a sustainable source using this guide, which rates quality of restaurants’ food and its impact on sea and marine life. www.fish2fork.com/en-GB/fish-restaurant.aspx
Healthy Options Award
The Healthy Options Award is a Cardiff Council award for food businesses that are making it easier for customers to eat healthily. Find out more on the Cardiff Council Health Improvement Team web page.
Food growing projects
Community gardens offer space for local communities to learn how to grow food. They are often set up by volunteers and managed by the community. There are lots of community food growing projects in Cardiff as well as community gardens, garden clubs and community allotments.
You could get fit, enjoy the fresh air, make friends, and grow your own affordable fruit and vegetables at an allotment. Apply for your own allotment at Cardiff Council or telephone 029 20 684 000.
Free school breakfast clubs
Most primary schools in Cardiff run a breakfast club, so children can have a free and healthy breakfast in school. Just ask your child’s school for more information.
Friendly, local volunteers run food co-ops. They sell affordable fruit, vegetable and seasonal salad bags –weekly bags costs between £2.50 and £3.00. Visit www.foodcoopswales.org.uk for more information.
There are four farmers’ markets in Cardiff every week (held in Riverside, Rhiwbina, and Roath). The markets offer affordable, local, fresh food direct from the producer. Visit the RCMA website for more information.
Food banks provide emergency food to individuals and families struggling to make ends meet. Find out how to get help from Cardiff Foodbank by visiting www.cardifffoodbank.org.uk.
Food Redistribution Centres (FareShare Cymru)
FareShare Cymru delivers edible excess food from the food industry (food that would otherwise be wasted) to help organisations and charities provide meals for people in need. Find out more at the FareShare website.
Healthy Start Vouchers
If you’re on a low-income and are pregnant or have a child under the age of four, you might be eligible for Healthy Start vouchers. You can use the vouchers to buy milk, fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables or infant formula milk. Find out if you qualify or ask your health visitor or midwife to check for you.
Healthy Start Vitamins
If you’re on a low-income and are pregnant or have a child under the age of four, you might be eligible for Healthy Start vitamin coupons. Find out if you qualify or ask your health visitor or midwife to check for you.
Breast-feeding Welcome Places
The idea of breast-feeding away from home can be daunting but many cafés, restaurants and shops have joined the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme to show breast-feeding mums they’re welcome. Look out for Breastfeeding Welcome window/door stickers. For more information, visit the website: wales.gov.uk/topics/health/improvement/pregnancy/breastfeeding/welcomescheme/?lang=en
Breastfeeding Support Groups
Get information, support, or help with breastfeeding at one of Cardiff’s breastfeeding support groups run by experienced health visitors or midwives. There are also peer support groups, run by mothers who have been trained to provide breastfeeding support. Find out more at www.cardiffandvaleuhb.wales.nhs.uk/opendoc/182641
Flying Start Weaning Parties
Bring your baby to a session with dieticians and health visitors and find out about weaning in a relaxed and informal group meeting. Contact the Flying Start Nutrition and Dietetic Team on 02920 351380 or 02920 351377 to find out more.
Get Cooking Programme
Free ‘Get Cooking!’ courses are available for parents with children under four years of age living in a Flying Start area of Cardiff (Ely, Caerau, Llanrumney, Rumney, Splott, Tremorfa and Adamsdown). If you want to learn how to cook, find out more at www.flyingstartcardiff.co.uk
Healthy and Sustainable Pre-School Scheme
The Healthy and Sustainable Pre-School Scheme is for nurseries, play groups, child minders, and other carers of children under four years of age. It’s a scheme that encourages and supports them to include healthy activities into the daily routines and planning. Is your child’s nursery signed-up?
The Gold Standard Healthy Snack Award
This award is open to all pre-school childcare settings. It encourages settings to provide healthy and nutritious snack options, as well as developing a food policy, creating a nice eating environment and making sure they follow good food hygiene practices. Does your childcare setting have the award?
Cardiff Network of Healthy Schools Scheme
The Cardiff Healthy Schools Scheme works with primary, secondary, and special educational needs schools across eight topic areas, including food and nutrition. Schools are supported to develop and promote healthy eating. The scheme promotes pupil, staff, and community health.
Eco Schools is an international scheme that supports children to take action on economic, social, and environmental issues. Pupils learn about sustainable development and global citizenship by taking a leading role in decision-making. Find out about Eco Schools in Cardiff.