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BFN secures national funding… 17 December 2013

Belfast Food Network secures national funding for sustainable food project

 

Belfast has been selected as one of just six cities in the UK to share in one million pounds of funding to be invested in improving food culture and support its efforts to become a Sustainable Food City. The Sustainable Food Cities Network aims to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of a city, using it to address some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems including dietary health, food poverty and climate change. 

The funding will allow a dedicated Sustainable Food City officer to work with Belfast City Council and many other local partners to transform access to local, affordable and sustainable food for people across the city.

Tom Andrews, national programme manager of Sustainable Food Cities said; “Our vision is that Sustainable Food Cities will be places where every school, hospital, restaurant and workplace canteen serve only healthy and sustainable meals; where everyone has access to affordable fresh, seasonal, local and sustainably produced food no matter where they live; and where people of all ages and backgrounds have opportunities to learn about, grow and cook food.”

The Belfast Food Network project will be managed by Sustainable NI, where the Executive Director, Jim Kitchen, said, “We’re delighted to have been selected as a founding member of the UK Sustainable Food Cities Network and we’ll look forward to working with Bournemouth, Cardiff, Liverpool, Newcastle and Stockport. There’s already a lot of excellent work taking place in Belfast around sustainable food. We’ll want to raise the profile of that activity and stimulate a lot more good practice. Now, we need the right person to make it all happen.”

The post of Belfast Food Network Co–ordinator is now open for applications. Full details are available on the website of Sustainable NI, from where application forms may be downloaded. www.sustainableni.org

The Sustainable Food Cities programme led by the Soil Association, Food Matters and Sustain and funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, will create six exemplar models of what a city can do to transform its food culture. For more information about the Belfast Food Network, see www.belfastfoodnetwork.org

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