LEEDS ACTS supports City's bid for food sustainability bronze status

LEEDS ACTS supports City's bid for food sustainability bronze status

LEEDS Food Partnership launched its bid for bronze level food sustainability backed by Leeds Academic Collaboration for the Third Sector (LeedsACTS!) on 22nd November.

FoodWise is based on six key themes which collectively aim to promote healthy and sustainable food to the public, tackle food poverty, build community food knowledge, promote a diverse and vibrant food economy, transform catering and food procurement and reduce waste and the ecological footprint of the food system.

Ambitious to achieve Food Sustainability Bronze standard by 2019, FoodWise is working with the city’s three universities to understand how they can deliver on the six objectives to ensure that everyone has access to enough high-quality sustainable food and that consumers understand the best ways to process it to get the best from it.

Sonja Woodcock is responsible for driving FoodWise forward.  She said: “We want to work with the universities in Leeds to better understand the challenges we have to overcome to achieve our goal.

“We want to everyone in the city to get behind sustainable food through a number of campaigns that address different issues for different people.  

"ACTS role is to undertake meaningful research that will underpin our aims and objectives which are very broad ranging.  They include supporting the independent catering sector to recycle more of their packaging more easily to helping those who are eligible for food vouchers claim them regularly and buy fruit to improve the health of their families,” she explained.

“We hope to attract seed corn funding to encourage food manufacturers to work with the academic sector to pinpoint how we can achieve sustainable food and then make sure it happens.”

Janet Spencer CEO of Turning Lives Around and chair of Leeds ACTS, said: “The third sector can only be effective if it has well researched and qualitative information.  ACTS has access to people who can collate that for FoodWise and the Leeds Food Partnership.  This project can make a real difference to the lives of ordinary people around Leeds include many of the formerly homeless people that TLA has supported.”