BwD Food Alliance is a collaboration between public, third and private sector organisations to address food poverty

Now led by Cllr Jackie Floyd and the Council's Public Health Directorate Together Lancashire was instrumental in establishing this movement. We encourage all those organisations who respond to food poverty to work together to be more effective. The Eat Well Strategy has now been widely adopted by strategic health bodies. The Eat Well Action Plan is here.

The response of crisis food providers during the COVID pandemic has been phenominal. As well as making sure all those who need food receive it, the group is now working to develop a food security plan which moves people from crisis provision to becoming more resilient when it comes to food. Those involved include housing associations, primary/secondary schools and many third sector organisations as well as the public sector. These provide a range of responses to crises brought about by poverty, as well as programmes to prevent people becoming trapped in the web of poverty.

The Food security plan is being widely consulted, and co-produced by the public, third sector and their partners. It will reflect needs of BwD residents. It will provide a focus to co-ordinate existing activities so that we can best use our resources, skills and expertise.

Communication is so important; the Alliance will provide a central point of contact for food poverty and sustainability activity. It is recognised that we need to be more visible through web-based media, but we also need to build personal relationships. The Alliance will provide the momentum to do this, and to be a point of reference/information. We are also committed to ensuring robust evaluation of action plan including return on investment information.

The Experts by Experience programme has involved young people across the borough; they have been involved in the national campaign to develop a Children's Food Charter - focusing on removing stigma, ensuring all children are fed during school holidays, and that all children have equal access to food.

To find out more please contact: gillian.beeley@together-lancashire.org.uk.