Let's Be FoodWise Leeds!

The Leeds Food Partnership would like to invite you to the launch of FoodWise, a Citywide campaign set up to support Leeds’ goal to achieve Sustainable Food City Bronze status in 2019.

Being FoodWise

Our primary goal is to get as many people and organisations behind #bronzeambition. We aim to make people aware of what the City needs to do to gain bronze status and how we can help each other to achieve this aim.

Moving forward, we want to unite the whole food sector in Leeds.  After all, once we achieve bronze, we’ll have our eye on silver! FoodWise will spearhead these efforts and become the banner under which the entire City works together to make Leeds a standout example of sustainability in the UK. Together we’ll tackle some of the real issues that are affecting us today; from waste to wellbeing, the economy and health.  

The Launch Event

We are still finalising the itinerary for the evening.  However, the general timings will look something like this.

5:30 – Food & Beverages: Sample a selection of locally sourced and produced tasty treats.
6:00 – Introduction to the Food Wise campaign: Where we are now and our #bronzeambition for Sustainable Food City status; a showcase of current good practice initiatives across the City; opportunities for collaboration with the universities via LeedsACTS! and a facilitated discussion among key stakeholders.

Note - We’ll be adding to the itinerary over the next few weeks so register today and we’ll keep you in the loop.

7:30 onward - Networking: Your chance to meet the people involved in the campaign, and other members of the wider food community in Leeds.

Who's This For

Anyone involved in the food system, from organisations to individuals with a passion for good food and sustainability.   
  • Growers/producers
  • Retailers
  • Procurement managers
  • Chefs
  • Recyclers
  • Academics
  • The third sector and community groups
  • Healthcare
  • Public sector representatives
  • Policymakers

Why Attend?

We want the FoodWise campaign to represent a joined-up, collaborative, forward thinking, solution-focused approach to sustainable food that is accessible to everyone. For it to be effective it must be inclusive and to have the biggest impact we would like you to be involved from the start, to help shape the campaign and have your voice heard.

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More About Sustainable Food Cities

From obesity and diet-related ill-health to food poverty and waste, climate change and biodiversity loss to declining prosperity and social dislocation - food is not only at the heart of some of the world’s greatest problems but is also a vital part of the solution.

The Sustainable Food Cities (SFC) approach involves developing a cross-sector partnership of local public agencies, businesses, academics and NGOs, committed to working together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live. The network helps people and places to share challenges, explore practical solutions and develop best practice to drive positive food change.

A city’s status is awarded as either bronze, silver or gold, dependent on a number of predefined criteria set out by SFC.  It’s our intention go for bronze in 2019 with the launch of #bronzeambition this autumn.

You can read about Sustainable Food Cities and find out more about the key areas in which we’ll be working on their website: http://sustainablefoodcities.org

Your Hosts

This event is hosted by The Leeds Food Partnership.  LFP aims to celebrate good food and address health inequalities, including malnutrition and obesity, reducing food poverty, supporting the local food economy, and reducing the environmental impact of the production, trade and consumption of food, with a strong emphasis on the reduction of food waste; as well as supporting growing, improving cooking skills and highlighting the enjoyment of eating healthy food.

LFP seeks to work inclusively with all sectors of the local food system, including growers, producers, processors, caterers, retailers, venues, education and community groups.

The venue for the event has been kindly provided by Northern Monk Brew Co. Please join us at the Refectory on Thursday 22 November. We look forward to welcoming you.