Take action as an organisation
Here are some actions organisations can take:
Help tackle food poverty & reduce isolation
⇒ Sign up to the Living Wage Campaign.
⇒ Promote Healthy Start Vouchers and Chomp holiday lunch clubs to your clients.
⇒ Signpost clients to our accessing low-cost meals and food poverty advice resources. If you see someone in need of emergency food, you might be eligible to make a referral to a food bank or signpost them to an organisation who can.
Promote healthy eating and wellbeing
⇒ Have your milk delivered by a local dairy that uses and re-uses glass bottles instead of plastic.
⇒ Order a local organic fruit box for your office: See our list of local veg box schemes.
⇒ Encourage staff to take proper lunch breaks and eat together.
⇒ Introduce workplace growing projects to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of staff and clients. If you don’t have any outdoor space, try a sunny windowsill. Contact us for advice.
⇒ Set up a food-buying group with staff to buy local / organic food in bulk to reduce costs.
Reduce food waste & plastic
⇒ Sign up to a food waste collection.
⇒ Go tray-less in your workplace canteen to help prevent people taking more food than they can eat.
⇒ Compost on site if you have the space: See our composting tips.
⇒ See our tips on reducing plastics.
Develop a sustainable food policy for your organisation
⇒ Set your own sustainable food policy for catering events and meetings, and make sure that any staff who order catering are aware of these guidelines.
⇒ Look for caterers that hold accreditation such as Healthy Choice Award, Food for Life and The Green Kitchen Standard.
Support the community food sector
⇒ Choose community food projects for team lunches or for your charity of the year.
⇒ Support the Community Kitchen: Hold your event, team-building day, cookery session or Christmas party at the Kitchen.
⇒ Signpost staff and clients to volunteering opportunities at local community growing projects, lunch clubs and food banks via our directory map.
Shout about what you’re doing
⇒ Keep staff involved in any changes you’re making and ensure they know about any key guidelines or policies.
⇒ Utilise all methods of communication (newsletters, intranet, social media, meetings, events and website) to inspire others to get involved.
⇒ Use our Gold Food City Bid toolkit for organisations to show you are supporting the bid.
If you’d like further information on any of these actions please contact us.