Hackney Food Partnership
Following Hackney’s poor showing in London Food Link's Good Food for London reports of 2011, 2012 and 2013, Sustainable Hackney has helped to form a new Hackney Food Partnership (HFP). This brings together groups and individuals interested in food issues to help create a more healthy and sustainable food system and aims to encourage and support action throughout the borough.
HFP aims to build on what is going well in Hackney, such as the many local food growing initiatives, and address a wider range of issues such as ethical, healthy and sustainable food procurement, promotion of local shops and markets, development of supportive planning policies, and food poverty. And we will be helping to ensure the borough moves up the Good Food for London league table!
HFP working group meetings take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month – see the events page for location. These meetings are open to all but are primarily for people with active involvement in all aspects of the partnership and focus on strengthening HFP and on strategy and action plan development and implementation.
HFP will also be organising interactive public meetings on specific issues and to explore new projects or areas of work. Your ideas for public meetings are welcome and HFP are interested in working with others to hold events.
To receive news and updates from HFP, sign up here.
To see a draft of the Hackney Sustainable Food Charter, click here
Email Hackney Food Partnership to comment on the Charter or tell us how you'd like to get involved
- 12/09/14 to 28/09/14 Urban Food Fortnight 2014. Link up with a London supplier and help celebrate the fabulous local produce being grown, produced and cooked on the Capital's doorstep. And if you're not already sourcing from within London but would like to be connected to a London supplier, get in touch with Eloise. When you've organised your event, add it to the Urban Food Fortnight map
21/07/14 The Plan for Public Procurement: from 2017, central government will commit to buying fresh, locally sourced, seasonal food, through a new, simplified food and drink buying standard. This will open up £200 million of central government food procurement contracts to UK producers and suppliers, with an expectation that the wider public sector (schools, hospitals, police) will also use the framework.
- 14/07/14 A new discussion document highlights the overwhelming evidence for major changes to national food and farming policy: Square Meal: Why we need a new recipe for farming, wildlife, food and public health.
- 18/06/14 Hackney Council urged to commit to serving eggs only from cage-free hens. Support the demand, click this link: www.sustainweb.org/lfc/action. End cage cruelty now!
- 09/06/14 Below the Breadline: The relentless rise of food poverty in Britain
- 30/05/14 SkyWay are selling 3 types of HandMade in Hackney planters - good for micro food plots
- 23/05/14 Guidance launched to show how local authorities and businesses can reduce food and drink waste and save natural resources.
- 14/05/19 Edible estates - a practical guide published, to support food growing initiatives on land owned by social housing providers
15/05/14 'Going hungry? The human right to food in the UK' warns of a public health emergency as food becomes increasingly inaccessible for households
24/04/14 Sustain have published a useful guide to using planning policy to meet strategic objectives through community food growing
- Small or medium-sized business urged to sign up for free FoodSave support to prevent food waste and to divert surplus food to good use
- 08/03/14 From September 2014, all children in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England will receive free school meals. But, in Hackney, will the food be healthy and sustainable? And why won’t Hackney follow the example of neighbouring Islington and other boroughs with free school meals for all?
- 27/02/14 Draft Hackney Sustainable Food Charter prepared for launch at 2nd March Hackney Food Partnership meeting
- 27/02/14 SoleShare, claiming to be London's first community supported fishery, is now taking on new members for their Newhaven and Cornwall seafood. It’s caught with low-impact methods and brought to pickup locations in Hackney 3 days a week.
- 25/02/14 Hackney’s Five Points Brewing Company has become the first UK brewery to become an accredited Living Wage Employer. The independent craft brewery also runs an apprenticeship scheme for 18-24 year olds, gets its energy from 100% renewable sources and is committed to reinvesting 5% of profits in local charities and community projects. Three cheers for Five Points!
- 20/02/14 Government report on food poverty is finally published, showing a growing demand for help to meet food needs
- 10/02/14 Urban Food Routes - funding and advice on offer to help London food SMEs that are making positive differences in their local communities
Camden and Islington comes top for organic school dinners - why can't Hackney join them with their procurement and provide school dinners amongst the greenest in the UK?
The Soil Association’s Gold Food for Life Catering Mark was awarded to Caterlink who provide 16,000 meals a day to 98 primary schools in the borough of Camden and Islington. This is the highest accolade given out by the country’s largest organic organisation. Caterers with the gold Catering Mark use at least 15% organic ingredients, 5% free range, as well as a selection of ingredients produced locally, and offering healthiermenus amongst other criteria. For more info, see
- The Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust has produced a report on access to healthy food. It's based on North Kensington but its findings, including that large supermarkets are often the most expensive option for food shopping, are of relevance to food poverty issues in Hackney.
- A Steak in the Economy - 'Why food entrepreneurship is so important to the economy - and how best to support it' a report by Kitchenette includes an estimate that in the last two years Hackney Council has helped create 271 jobs in the food industry. Andrew Sissons, Head of Regeneration Delivery for Hackney Council, is quoted as saying that 'food is a cornerstone of our strategy for regeneration in Hackney'.
- Vision 2020 report sets out a UK roadmap for achieving zero food waste to landﬁll by 2020
- Fancy saving up to £50 a month on your food bill? Take the Waste Less Food, Save More Money Challenge! The challenge is open to all people who work or live in North London. Sign up here.
- 12/07/13 The School Food Plan is launched today, with aims of increasing the the role of food in school life and helping all schools to develop develop a strong food culture. It also hopes to help divert some of the £1bn parents spend on packed lunches back into schools. See the press release here but note academies are not covered by local authority regulation so parents, staff and local communities need to encourage their uptake of good practice.
- 11/07/13 Sustain has published a Guide to Good Food - Providing advice on what you can do, and ask others to do, to help make our food and farming system fit for the future
- 04/07/13 The UK Party Labour unveils its plan to promote a food-growing culture in Britain and launches a policy review on Feeding the Nation.
- 18/06/13 Another article on why food banks are not the best way to tackle hunger and poverty, and one on developing a post-food bank approach.
- 13/06/13 London's Mayor backs pilot to boost jobs and growth in London’s small food business sector, and Hackney's Unpackaged is taking part
- 27/03/13 London Assembly report warns that, with thousands in our city already going hungry, food poverty is set to get much worse
- 07/03/13 Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is offering £5m over a period of three years as part of a new food funding strand. Applications are invited from organisations focused on understanding and investigating the critical role that food plays in wellbeing and the interplay between food, sustainability and poverty.
- 09/02/13 Food Matters publish a Building Local Food Systems Handbook, to unpick some the key food issues and enthuse people to explore, discover and act.
- 01/02/13 New report Growing Success: The impact of Capital Growth on community food growing in London calls for food growing spaces to be provided in all public spaces, all new residential development and in all schools.
- OrganicWick, a vegetable box scheme for Hackney Wick, run by local residents, is back in action.
- Global Food - Waste Not Want Not report shows how 50% of all food produced in the world can end up as waste, and the Sustainable Restaurant Association calculates that restaurants waste almost five times more food than the average UK household - 0.48kg per diner per meal vs. 0.1kg per diner per meal in the home.
- Hackney Homes encourage estate residents to grow their own food
- 30/09/12 Better Breakfast Guide launched – to help businesses serve more sustainable fare
- 25/09/12 What if I told you: you eat 3.496 litres of water? See this infographic about hidden/virtual water in our lives – food, washing, living etc. (just scroll down it). Also published in The Guardian.
- 22/08/12 A government publication, Space for food growing: Guide, highlights the health and environmental benefits that community food growing can bring and encourages people to 'spot a plot'.
Hackney Food Grower's Network
People interested in Food
Hackney Food Map
24 TED talk videos about food issues
A guide to Olla pots
Building Local Food Systems: a Handbook
City and Hackney health and wellbeing profile (joint strategic needs assessment)
The City Planter - magazine for urban gardeners
Collaboration between community food enterprise and the private sector & Case Studies
Community orchards: How to guide
CPRE local foods publications
Edible Geography and Food: An Atlas
Food entrepreneurship's role in the economy
FoodSave - helping small and medium-sized food businesses prevent food waste and to divert surplus food to good purposes
Food waste hierarchy
GLA report on child hunger and food poverty
Good food for London - London Food Link
Hackney Sustainable Food Charter (draft)
Healthier Catering Commitment
Is eating local good for the climate? Thinking beyond food miles
Making Local Food Work
Map of London’s breweries
A guerilla gardener in South Central LA - “We gotta flip the script on what a gangsta is — if you ain’t a gardener, you ain’t gangsta.”
Scaling Up the Community Food Sector
The School Food Plan
Sustainable seafood guide
Sustain’s Food Legacy Pledge
Sustain's Jellied Eel magazine
UK Food Statistics Pocketbook 2013
Edible Forest Garden
Edible Landscapes London
Hackney Allotment Society
Hackney City Farm
Hackney Wick Food Assembly
Made In Hackney
North London Master Gardeners
The People's Kitchen
St Mary's Secret Garden
Capital Growth - London's food growing network
Children's Food Trust
Community Food Growers Network
eat the seasons
Food Ethics Council
Food for Life Partnership
London Orchard Project
London Permaculturalists Ning
London Permaculture Network
Marine Stewardship Council
Real Bread Campaign
School Food Plan network
Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming
Sustainable Food Cities
Sustainable Restaurant Association
This is Rubbish
Tristram Stuart on food waste