Anna Bridges / 22 August 2018 / Categories: Healthy City, Food Carlisle, News Sustainable Food Cities Award Food Carlisle have successfully achieved the Sustainable Food Cities (SFC) Bronze Award ‘The Sustainable Food Cities Award is designed to recognise and celebrate the success of those places taking a joined up, holistic approach to food and that are achieving significant positive change on a range of key food health and sustainability issues.’ - SFC A Short History of Food Carlisle In 2012, an exploratory meeting with key stakeholders was set up to investigate the idea of a food partnership in Carlisle. This led Carlisle Partnership, Carlisle College and Carlisle City Council to hold a free event to consider the idea of developing Carlisle as a Sustainable Food City, in March 2013. Over 80 people attended the event, which included an inspiring speech on Carlisle’s food history by the Leader of Carlisle City Council. Presentations were also given on best practice and workshops explored various topics – which resulted in the language, terminology and development of the ‘Carlisle Food Charter’. This event also brought together the registered interested names that formed the Food Carlisle steering group, established in May 2013. In August 2013, Carlisle was recognised as a founding member of the Sustainable Food City movement. The steering group members are committed to the development and exploration of priority projects, coinciding with the Food Charter’s 5 key principles: A thriving local economy; Health and wellbeing for all; Environmental sustainability; Life-long learning, education and skills; and Building stronger, closer communities. As an outcome, several positive projects around food have emerged within the district through the Charter themes; including Meals on Wheels Cumbria and the Local Healthy Options Awards. Individuals and organisations are asked to support these key principles by signing the Food Charter and following these examples to help make a difference in our area. The Food Charter and aims are also supported in Carlisle City Councils priorities under the Healthy City Programme which can be found in the Carlisle Plan 2015-18: Plan on a Page; which state that the City Council continues to support and develop the Food City Partnership: Local Healthy Eating Options; Carlisle Food Charter; food sector supply chain development; food skills; education and tourism. The Sustainable Food Cities Award These things combined helped set Carlisle on the path to achieving the Sustainable Food Cities Bronze award: - Applicants must acheive Bronze before moving onto Silver, etc. SFC: There are three tiers to the award - bronze, silver and gold - each requiring an increasing level of achievement in terms of action and outcomes. Applicants must provide evidence of action and outcomes across six key food issues: Promoting healthy and sustainable food to the public. Tackling food poverty, diet-related ill-health and access to affordable healthy food. Building community food knowledge, skills, resources and projects. Promoting a vibrant and diverse sustainable food economy. Transforming catering and food procurement. Reducing waste and the ecological footprint of the food system. Up until July 2017, Carlisle Partnership had not had the capacity to pursue the achievement of an award, such as the SFC award; despite the fantastic work being carried out towards making Carlisle District a Sustainable Food Place. In 2017, the successful application of a sustainable Food Cities grant enabled Carlisle Partnership to employ a dedicated Local Food Partnership Coordinator to further and support the work of one of its fastest growing partnership subgroups; Food Carlisle. This grant enabled the facilitation of the Local Food Partnership Coordinator for one year, fixed term. The coordinator has been able to pursue new links with organisations working on projects that support the Food Charter, insuring stronger links within the district and partnership. Examples of some of the projects (but not all) listed within the Carlisle SFC Bronze award (both partnership lead, external and/or supported) include: Carlisle Healthy City – WHO designation Baby Friendly Initiative - Carlisle and Penrith Maternity Services, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust: Helen Ferris; Infant Feeding Coordinator SUGAR SMART Carlisle Carlisle Food Charter Walking for Health PhunkyFoods & Phunky 15 Local Health Option Award Meals on Wheels (formally Fair Meals Direct) – Trish Price GrowAlotMore - Harrison Homes/CH Group Residents Allotments Garden Life Carlisle Cares Lovers’ Lane Community Garden: Dig for Dinner Water Street Community Garden Food For Life - The Croft (Gosling Sike Farm) Foodie Fest Food Map & Local Food Show Love Food Hate Waste Home food composting Carlisle Foodbank Carlisle Food Initiative CaFI Success! In June 2018 it was officially announce that Carlisle were one of only 5 cities to successfully achieve an award that year. We're now one of the 17 places (to date) that have achieved an SFC award nationally. The prestigious award was presented to Food Carlisle at the Sustainable Food Cities 2018 Conference in Cardiff. The Sustainable Food Cities Conference 2018 This year’s Sustainable Food Cities Conference took place in Cardiff on the 26th June; attended by over 160 delegates, representing more than 60 places from across the UK. Delegates were welcomed by the Leader of Cardiff Council Councillor Huw Thomas, giving the cities, towns, boroughs and counties present a sense of what can be achieved when local political support is strong, and policy-making is integrated. Dr Florence Egal, a close contributor to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and advisor to a number of international food networks and policies, gave an inspiring key note presentation; placing the Sustainable Food Cities movement on the international scene. Food Carlisle and Carlisle Partnership were also delighted to be asked to speak at the conference; offering inspiration as a beacon of good practice both as a network member and aspiring Food City. A presentation was given detailing partnership working within Carlisle district and some of the fantastic partnership projects. Particular interest was shown by delegates and the national SFC team in the SUGAR SMART Carlisle and Meals on Wheels projects. Presentation of the SFC Award to the Food Carlisle Steering Group: On 29th August 2018, the Food Carlisle Steering Group, partners and project leads were invited to an event celebrating the achievement of the SFC Award. The Carlisle Partnership manager spoke about Food Carlisle’s journey so far and the tremendous accomplishment in receiving the SFC Bronze Award, especially in light of some of the challenges the area has faced since the group formed. This was reiterated by the Chair and Vice Chair of the group along with the aspirations for the future of the group and food related issues in the district. The Mayor of Carlisle presented the Chair and Vice Chair of Food Carlisle with the award, along with her congratulations and acknowledgment of the recognition the food agenda is now receiving. Food Carlisle Steering Group The recognition and celebration of the successes Carlisle has managed to attain through the achievement of this award has reinvigorated the steering group as well as bringing on new members to strengthen the Food Carlisle Partnership moving forward on future agendas. Membership of the Food Carlisle Steering Group is open to any and all individuals and organisations, inclusively. Mission: The Food Carlisle Steering Group’s mission is to co-ordinate and support the development of Carlisle as a Sustainable Food City, promoting and encouraging “good local food for all” within the Carlisle District, addressing through food: health and wellbeing, local economic prosperity, procurement, environmental sustainability, resilient communities, and fairness throughout the food chain. Vision: The group’s vision for Carlisle is that it will become the most sustainable food city in the region and a beacon of good practice nationally, inspiring others, particularly smaller cities, towns, and counties. 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