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Kirklees: Sustaining partnerships and activity


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A presentation by Shona Auty of Kirklees Council, prepared for the Food for Life Scotland and Sustainable Food Cities event in Edinburgh on 6 November 2015. Copyright Kirklees Council.

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Kirklees: Sustaining partnerships and activity

  1. 1. Transforming Food Culture in Kirklees from Farm to Fork Shona Auty Health Improvement Practitioner Specialist Public Health 6th November 2015
  2. 2. The challenge… • Health - breastfeeding/5-a-day low, infant mortality, childhood and adult obesity high • Inequality - multiple unhealthy behaviours with deprived communities most at risk (poor diet, low physical activity, smoking and drinking) • Food poverty - austerity hitting the poorest hardest as food prices rise • Culture – Resistance to perceived nannying, kids driven to school, high prevalence of take-aways, chains and supermarkets
  3. 3. Transforming food culture in Kirklees
  4. 4. The response from the Kirklees Food Partnership Examples • School catering - all 180 schools have their own kitchen, 103 FFL enrolled schools (46 Bronze awards and 12 silver awards) • Growing programmes – 40 in areas of multiple deprivation/allotment refurbishment programme • Healthy Choice Award – awarded to over 540 food businesses • Procurement – social value, improvements to supply chains • Recycling/food waste plans – “Love Food, Hate Waste” • Food events across Kirklees/Small grants programme • Alignment via Kirklees Food Summit – Eco schools, Kirklees Environment Network, Food Co-ops, businesses
  5. 5. Sustainable Food Cities • Enabled broader discussion and greater ambition across the entire food system “From Farm to Fork” • Health and Wellbeing Board signed up and prioritised food • Initiatives “below the radar” given credibility and protection or enabled expansion (Food for Life) • “Hard to achieve” brought into scope (hospital food/wider procurement) • Partnership approach through workstream commitment • Development of Food Charter as a unifying factor under SFCs enabling better community engagement