Middlesbrough Food Partnership aims to make the town a place where local people can eat good quality, healthy food that is easy to buy, offers value for money and is produced locally wherever possible.
The choices that we all make about food have far reaching consequences for our health, well-being, the environment and the prosperity of the town. Food is a valuable resource and people should have the opportunity to eat healthy and sustainable food that is easier to buy and offers value for money.
The Middlesbrough Food Partnership reviews Middlesbrough’s town-wide approach to food. The Partnership includes individuals, community groups, organisations, businesses and Middlesbrough Council. It has identified a number of shared priorities and actions that can be taken to make sure Middlesbrough has a more sustainable and secure food future. The actions are summarised here, in the Food Action Plan. The Food Action Plan provide a way for all residents and businesses to get involved in sustainable food.
The Food Partnership will support local businesses and settings to procure and provide healthy and sustainable food to boost local prosperity, encourage healthy eating and protect the environment.
To find out how local organisations and business can help view here.
The Food Partnership will inspire and enable the local food culture so that all residents have access to buy, grow, produce and cook affordable, affordable, healthy and sustainable food.
To find out how individuals and households can help view here.
The Food Partnership will help residents and businesses to minimise, recycle and compost food related waste either individually or collectively to increase sustainability of local food.
Background and Context
In 2010-11, Middlesbrough Environment City coordinated the development and launch of a town-wide Food Action Plan. The Food Action Plan was influenced by Middlesbrough’s innovative Healthy Town programme, the One Planet Living framework and public health priorities.
Since then, Middlesbrough has been designated One Planet Living status, with a work programme to help local people live healthier and more sustainable lives in a way that often saves money. view here.
Sustainable Food Cities Bronze Award
In 2011, a UK Sustainable Food Cities network was established, which is developing and sharing best practice with local communities. Middlesbrough is now an active member of this network. In 2017, the achievements of the Middlesbrough Food Partnership were acknowledged and Middlesbrough received a Sustainable Food Cities’ ‘Bronze Award’.
The Bronze Award and the Food Action Plan would not have been possible without the valuable and ongoing contributions of the people and organisations that have supported the Middlesbrough Food Partnership. Thank you for your interest and support.
The Food Charter helps guide households and organisations to take positive actions towards the shared goals of the Food Action Plan. Please consider what you can do to help and show your support by signing the Food Charter and committing to the aims of the Plan.
By September 2018, 23 businesses/organisations and 48 individuals have pledged their support to the Middlesbrough Food Charter and for the town to have quality healthy local food. For a full list, Click here
Preparing, cooking and serving food
Reducing food related waste
Change 4 Life – top tips for healthy eating
Information for Businesses:
Recycle food waste
Support for business to reduce waste
Driving out waste in food & drink manufacturing and retailing
Information for householders:
Recycling and packaging
Compost and waste
Love food, hate waste
Love food Hate waste – storage
Cooking and eating food
Use locally produced food wherever possible
Buy from local farmers’ and country markets
Promote food growing to staff, clients, and customers – for training and advice contact MEC
Use seasonal food wherever possible
Fairtrade in Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough Fairtrade Directory
Food Poverty – Healthy Cooking on a budget
Askam Bryan College
Camphill Village Trust – Larchfield/Botton Communities
New Newham Grange Country Farm
Contact MEC for the latest horticulture training
Potential routes to employment/ training: Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar & Cleveland, Tees Valley
National Citizen Service