Food Plymouth – Plymouth’s recognised Local Food Partnership

Food Plymouth is Plymouth’s recognised Local Food Partnership, acting as a ‘central connecting platform’ for all things food-related in the city.  Food Plymouth is an active contributor to the 50-strong Sustainable Food Cities (SFC) Network in the UK and Ireland   Food Plymouth enabled the city to achieve the UK’s first Sustainable Food City (SFC) Bronze award in 2015.  Food Plymouth has been working towards SFC Silver standard since then and has an action plan dedicated to this purpose.  A newly formed collaborative partnership with Plymouth City Council’s Public Health team in pursuit of the Thrive Plymouth health inequalities initiative is rapidly becoming a significant part of this plan.

Food Plymouth  – Who are we?

Food Plymouth is a multi-sector collaborative Partnership and Network formed in 2010, enabled by a direct support package from the Soil Association.  Food Plymouth and our partners share in and contribute to the vision of Plymouth as a healthy and sustainable food city, our mission being to achieve this through promoting local, healthy, sustainable and affordable food as a driver for positive change.


Food Plymouth – What do we do?

Food Plymouth works principally to the six strands of the Sustainable Food Cities framework, namely: Promoting healthy and sustainable food to the public; tackling food poverty, diet-related ill health and providing 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.  Food Plymouth’s interests and activities thus span the domains of social, economic and environmental resilience.

Food Plymouth – Partnership and Network

The Food Plymouth Partnership and Network comprises a diverse mix of agencies, organisations, businesses, community groups and individual citizens, with some 40 active partners and benefactor supporters collaborating to deliver positive changes, plus around 120 engaged supporters and additional partners, along with a wider network of around 1000 friends and stakeholders.  To manage the gradual transition from Soil Association direct support to independent status, Food Plymouth Community Interest Company (CIC) was formed in 2014 as Food Plymouth’s ‘backbone’ or infrastructure organisation, resourcing, servicing and supporting the Partnership and Network.  In common with several of Food Plymouth’s key partners, including Livewell Southwest (Plymouth’s NHS Public Health delivery organisation),  CATERed (the former Plymouth City Council School Meals service) and producers-retailers Tamar Grow Local Food Plymouth CIC is run on a social enterprise basis, namely as a business trading for people and planet .  Food Plymouth’s other key long-standing partners include: Plymouth City Council’s Public Health team; Plymouth City Council Natural Infrastructure team; Plymouth University; The National Marine Aquarium; Food is Fun CIC; Transition Plymouth; Tamar View Fruiterers; and Devon Contract Waste.

Food Plymouth – Spanning the sectors

Reflecting Plymouth’s pioneering Social Enterprise City status, Food Plymouth is an energetic contributor to Plymouth Social Enterprise Network (PSEN) .  In addition to this, Food Plymouth is also an active member of Plymouth Octopus Project (POP+) , the city’s voluntary and community sector infrastructure organisation.  Food Plymouth thereby endeavours to span the breadth of its partners’ and members’ interests, perspectives and activities.

Plymouth Food Charter

Good food is vital to the quality of peoples’ lives in Plymouth. By promoting healthy and sustainable food as part of a thriving food economy, the Plymouth Food Charter aims to improve health and wellbeing for all and to create a more connected, resilient and sustainable City. Signatories to the Charter – which include public, private and community partners – are committed to promoting the pleasure and importance of good food to help create a vibrant and diverse food culture.

Who’s involved so far?

Allways Apples; Dig for Devonport; Devonport Guildhall; Department of Health; Diggin’ It; Food for Life Partnership; Federation of City Farms; Flavour Fest; Food is Fun; Grow Efford Partnership; Groundwork;  National Marine Aquarium; National Trust; NHS Plymouth; Plymouth Community Healthcare; Plymouth 2020; Plymouth Better Together; Plymouth City Council; Plymouth City Markets;  Plymouth City Centre Company; Plymouth University, Real Ideas Organisation; Riverford Organic; Soil Association; South West Food and Drink; Tamar Grow Local; Tamar View Fruiterers; Take a Part; Tideford Organics; Transition Plymouth; The Barefoot Partnership Ltd; ….see ‘Pledges’ for full list of businesses and organisations around Plymouth who have signed up to the Charter and are working  together to help Plymouth on it’s journey to be a ‘Sustainable Food City’ …..


Food Plymouth is proud to be a founder member of the Sustainable Food Cities network  @FoodCities

Contact  @foodplymouth



Plymouth wins first SFC Award

20150316_194332 Food Plymouth won the first ever bronze Sustainable Food City (SFC) Award at a national conference in  Bristol on 16th March.  This was in recognition of our significant achievements in three areas of each of the six categories of the Award: promotion & awareness raising, health & access, local economy, catering & procurement, community & skills, waste & the environment.  Cllr Brian Vincent who received it on behalf of Food Plymouth partnership said, “This is wonderful news for Plymouth and is a real boost to our work to help make the city a healthier place to live and work.”

Partners across the city have been working to develop the partnership and delivery since 2010, to increase local and sustainable food into the city, through the vision of the Plymouth Food Charter and Action Plan.  Plymouth was one of only four cities to get recognised at the event along with Lambeth (London), Cardiff and Brighton, who got silver for their longstanding commitment and outstanding achievements. Plymouth to go for silver next year folks?  If anyone wants to join us to help make this happen please get in touch!



Plymouth Food Award winners 2014

 BFE-line-boxed-xsmallThe winners of the 2014 Plymouth Food Awards were announced on 10th June at the first ever Big Food Debate, at the  National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth; an event organised by Food is Fun and Food Plymouth.The awards were created to celebrate some of the extraordinary efforts, skills and achievements of those who are bringing delicious healthy and sustainable food to people in Plymouth supporting the aims of the Plymouth Food Charter.

BFE041The winners of the 2014 Plymouth Food Awards are:

  • Best Local Food Producer: Riverford

Highly Commended: Well Hung Meat Company

BFE040Sponsor: Tamar View Fruiterers





For full details of all winners Plymouth Food Awards 2014 


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Many thanks to our supporters:  Devon Contract Waste, Foodsmiths, Food is Fun, National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth City Centre Company, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth City Markets, Plymouth Community Healthcare CIC, Plymouth University, Soil Association, Sustainable Food Cities, Tamar View Fruiterers.











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