As a partnership, the LFP does not develop projects in an executive, singular way. Rather it seeks to bring groups of people together with a common purpose, to achieve more than they might have done individually. Its role is thus supportive, catalytic and contributory, seeking to make a more integrated local food system, consistent with its mission and aims.
The Feeding Tariff
The principle of the ‘Feeding Tariff’ is simple. We are installing solar panels on rooftops, and using the income from the electricity generated, to cover revenue costs of food poverty projects and community food growing projects.
We have agreement to site these
panels on a number of buildings (for example at the University of Lincoln) and we are working in partnership with Grimsby Community Energy (who will manage them) and Community Asset Plus (who will help us raise the finances for the panels) to make these installations as widespread as possible. The possibilities are endless.
The project is explained more fully in the Feeding Tariff Brochure which can be downloaded here:
Do contact us if you would like us to consider your building for panels and/or if you would lie to contribute to their cost.
Mint Lane Café:
Saving the Building Through Community Purchase
The Board of Mint Lane Community Café is convened by a member of the LFP
Board. In seeking to secure its future as a community resource, we have been
working with all of the users of the Mint Lane well-being centre (which includes
10 mental health self-support groups) to buy the building to reduce its overhead
costs. Working together, we have been awarded £185,000 from the National
Lottery and have had a successful community share offer raising over £60,000.
We are now in a position to buy the building from Lincolnshire County Council,
and with some funds for infrastructure and refurbishment, we will be improving
the Café facilities (for example, a walk in freezer) which will improve the Cafes
offer, and potentially allow the sharing of resources with other food groups in the
City (such as the Food Banks) in order to tackle food poverty.
With departure from the EU, European funding for regional and social development, and agriculture (collectively known as the Structural Funds) will
disappear. It is intended that this is replaced by a Shared Prosperity Fund, administered by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership with the
national objective to “reduce inequalities between communities”. GLLEP has asked for bids to go into a ‘pipeline’ for these funds, so that we are ready to go as a County, when the fund becomes live.
The Nourishing Lincoln bid has been judged one of the strongest ‘longer term projects’ received in the call. In short it is a project in which the Lincoln Food Partnership has ‘glued’ together a number of food projects into a food system for the City.
Edible Lincoln Festival
On the growing side, we propose that the City Centre adopts an ‘Edible Lincoln’ festival, where public spaces are set over to food – fruit trees as well as vegetables and salads.
The University open spaces will be instrumental in this. It will be educational: schools will be encouraged to develop ‘wheelbarrow gardens’ that can be wheeled into town for judging; eateries will be able to pick produce for immediate use in their meals; the public will see food growing outside of agricultural spaces.
Educating Our Food Taste
The education theme extends in to the second project in the suite, ‘Educating our Food Taste’ which is to roll out a programme of food understanding in primary schools throughout the County termed Taste Ed, central to the national Food for Life programme.
Tackling Food Waste & Food Poverty
The third project, ‘Tackling Food Waste and Food Poverty’ proposes the development of a central City Food Hub to collect all food ‘surpluses’ from retail, processing and even farms in and around the City, to develop a number projects to help those in food poverty and create employment (through food preparation and distribution) for those furthest from the job market.
The Food City in The Food County
The linkages in this ‘system’ are obvious – fresh food from the City centre to the food hub, education across all three projects – and if you are coming to see the ‘Food City’ as a tourist, a visit to the ‘waste food’ café is likely to be on your agenda.
If you want more information about his project or would like to elect to participate, do contact us.
Merger of the Lincoln Food Summit with the Lincoln Food Partnership
The Lincoln Food Summit was set up in 2017 by Caroline Kenyon, the Liberal Democrat Candidate for Lincoln City in the 2017 and 2019 General Elections, and founder of the Food Awards Company.
The Summit was formed explicitly to address food poverty in the City, and brought together all of the main players from the commercial, public and community sectors, and the City’s Churches, to consider innovative solutions to feeding those in the City who have difficulty putting food on the table.
Keen to orchestrate all food efforts in the City, Caroline joined the board of the Lincoln Food Partnership, and with the realisation of an increasingly common agenda, the two groups agreed to merge in May 2019.
Whilst issues of food sustainability and security are critically important, issues of food poverty are often the most pressing.
In recognition of the ‘equality’ of the merger Caroline and the former LFP Chair Nigel Curry, agreed to become co-chairs of the new Lincoln Food Partnership.
Contributing to Lincoln City Council’s policy
The Lincoln Food Partnership has been working with Lincoln City Council to embrace ‘food responsibility’ within its Social Responsibility Charter. The aim of the Charter is to encourage organisations in Lincoln to undertake socially responsible activities which benefit both their employees and the local community.
Socially responsible activities in general in the Charter can be fond here.
Those that the LFP has had accepted into the Charter, relating to food, are:
- Environment: Reducing food waste
- Community: Food Bank collection/donation
- Community: Redistributing Food surpluses
- Resources: Promotion and/or use of Fairtrade products
- Health: Active policies for healthy food
- Health: Encouragement of healthy eating
The Charter sets out guidelines about the extent to which different kinds of organisation should be undertaking Corporate Social Responsibility.
National Food Strategy
In June 2019, The Secretary of State in the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs commissioned Henry Dimbleby to conduct and independent review to help the Government create its first National Food Strategy for 75 years.
The purpose of the review is to address the environmental and health problems caused by our food system, to ensure the security of our food supply, and to maximise the benefits of the coming revolution in agricultural technology.
As part of this process, the Dimbleby Review issued a call for evidence and this call closed on 25 October 2019. The Lincoln Food Partnership made a formal submission to the review and this can be found LFP response: