Setting sights on Silver at the July Food Cardiff meeting

Food Cardiff partners gathered at the Dusty Forge in July to network and collaborate on creating a healthy, sustainable and accessible food system in Cardiff.

Food Cardiff meetings are open to any individual or organisation interested in good food in Cardiff. The next meeting will be on the 23rd October. Please contact pearl.costello@wales.nhs.uk for more information.

Attendees included ACE, Fareshare Cymru, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff Council, WRAP Cymru, Grow Cardiff, Social Farms and Gardens, Cardiff & Vale UHB, Albany Baptist Church, Cardiff Market, Share Cardiff and Food For Life Get Togethers.

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Some of the exciting updates from members:

• The new Food For Life Get Togethers programme is launching in Cardiff to bring generations together over good food.
• The School Holiday Enrichment Programme, Food and Fun (supported by Food Cardiff, Cardiff Council, Cardiff & Vale UHB and Sport Cardiff) is running in 16 schools over the summer.
• Cardiff Market are hosting their first Night Market in July.
• Fareshare Cymru are supporting more community organisations across the city to utilise surplus food.
• Albany Road Baptist Church are running cooking courses in partnership with public health dieticians, running a luncheon club and Chomp during the school holidays.
• Share Cardiff are building an online hub to connect people, projects and places for social good.
• Cardiff Council are working on a new campaign with Welsh Water to promote food waste recycling.

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We also discussed Cardiff’s ambitions to become a ‘Silver Sustainable Food City’. Action has to be demonstrated across the following 6 areas:

1. Developing a food partnership, food strategy and action plan to have things formally embedded.
2. Engaging the public in good food, fostering food activism and building community food knowledge skills, resources and projects.
3. Tackling food poverty, diet related ill health and access to affordable healthy food.
4. Promoting a vibrant and diverse sustainable food economy
5. Looking at catering and food procurement including food served in hospitals, schools, public and private sector organisations.
6. Reducing waste and ecological footprint of the food system.

To progress this work, the following was considered:

• Setting up Key Issue Working Groups around Community Food Activism, Food Poverty and Inequality, Food Enterprise & Businesses, Food Standards & Procurement. There could be a lead for each of these areas, each group will then develop draft actions and come back together to work on each.
• Piloting hyper-local food partnerships e.g. Food Ely, Food Roath to catalyse action in specific areas.

We agreed to host a World Café event to consult with the wider food partnership and determine next steps.

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After the meeting, attendees enjoyed a sneak preview of the new Your Local Dusty Forge pantry which generated lots of discussion and inspiration.

Food Cardiff meetings are open to any individual or organisation interested in good food in Cardiff. The next meeting will be on the 23rd October. Please contact pearl.costello@wales.nhs.uk for more information.

Read the full meeting minutes here.

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