New partnership to promote good food

Published: 5 January 2017

The Wandsworth Food Partnership has been set up to encourage people to eat good, fresh, locally grown food, promote healthy lifestyles and reduce food waste.

The council’s public health team set up and supports the partnership, but it is an independent, not-for-profit grassroots organisation.  So far there are around 56 members, mostly made up of community groups and organisations involved in different aspects of food such as growing, production and sustainability.

The members meet regularly to plan projects and events. Future plans include helping to make the borough more breastfeeding-friendly and working with local schools to encourage food growing.

Now the Food Partnership is keen to hear from local people, organisations, school and families that want to get involved.

It is holding a family event on February 14 from 2pm to 4.30pm at The Venue, Park Court, Battersea to raise awareness of the group. Activities at the free event will include cooking and tasting home grown food, sharing tips on growing your own nutritious food, and more.

From 7pm the event will move onto the nearby London Cooking Project in Ethelburga Street for a free hot meal made from ingredients that would otherwise have been wasted.

The council’s health spokesman, Cllr Jim Maddan, helped launch the Food Partnership. He said: “We have set up the Food Partnership with the aim of it becoming a local network of people committed to good food, good health and less waste.

“We want to make it easier for Wandsworth residents to make healthy choices and to find and use the expertise that already exists in the borough to provide local solutions to local issues. We would urge anyone with an interest in cooking, growing or eating to get together with like-minded local people and do something positive for their community.”

For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page.