“Food Justice is about creating a food system that is fair for everyone. It is about recognising the systemic and institutional inequity that exists in how we grow, distribute, access and use food.” We hear from Feeding Bristol’s Ped Asgarian about Bristol’s Food Justice Week. (This event has now been postponed to Monday 20 June.)

For 10 years, the Food Policy Council (FPC) has been striving to put ‘Good Food’ onto the agenda in Bristol, and to keep it there. Now, in the wake of the success of the city’s ‘Going for Gold’ campaign, the FPC is passing on the baton. In this blog, we celebrate a decade of the FPC, thank all those who contributed to its success and look forward, considering how its work will continue across the city.

Siân Kidd writes about how a muddy encounter with a group of children at a holiday supper and play session at The Vench inspired the name of Secret Soup Society. Ingenious, yet simple, the voluntary organisation turns ‘veg on the edge’ into nourishing and delicious soup to fight food waste and feed families. We also hear from volunteer Delfina who shares her ‘Full of Beans Soup’ recipe. To date, the organisation has served over 2000 portions of soup and have a team of 10 volunteers who regularly come and cook, or rescue, food.

In our latest Bristol Bites Back Better blog we hear from Heart of BS13’s Food Security Programme Lead, Jodie Smith, about the work the organisation is doing in Hartcliffe and Withywood. Mobilising adults, young people and children to improve life outcomes, Heart of BS13 address food hardship, improves physical and mental health and takes action to tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis.

We hear from Ped Asgarian from Feeding Bristol in the latest Bristol Bites Back Better blog about the One City Food Equality Strategy, which is now open to public consultation. The draft strategy sets out five priorities (fair equitable access; choice; skills and resources; a sustainable local food system; and food at the heart of decision-making) and a set of strategic aims. Read on to find out how to share your views and opinions now.

Bristol Local Food Fund volunteer, Mali Sion Evans, writes our latest Bristol Bites Back opinion blog. Mali explores inconsistencies in our food system that can lead to misplaced assumptions about the realities of food insecurity in the UK, and explains why Bristol needs a local food fund. Find out how you can get involved.

FOOD Club Coordinator for Bristol and the South West, Simon Green (pictured above), puts the work of Bristol’s FOOD Clubs into context, describing the network of organisations that have come together to make the project work. FOOD Clubs are a partnership with Family Action, Fareshare South West, Feeding Bristol, Early Years and Children’s Centres services. The Children’s Kitchen and Incredible Edible Bristol will also bring expertise in cooking and growing.