The coronavirus pandemic has already led to unforeseen challenges for our city’s food system, and unimagined resourcefulness from communities and organisations across Bristol. Although the bid to make Bristol a Gold Sustainable Food City has been paused as the city focusses on responding to the pandemic, the need for a resilient food community has never been greater.
With a shared challenge the likes of which we have never before seen, all across the city established and newly-formed community groups are taking action to look after people and make sure no one goes unfed. Follow these links to read about the inspiring actions of individuals, the hospitality sector and the Bristol Food Union. If you would like to volunteer or donate, you can find out how to do so on this page. If you are a community group looking for support or resources, please visit our community hub.
How you can be part of Bristol’s Good Food Response to the coronavirus pandemic:
- Visit Bristol Food Network– the website has information and resources on Bristol’s Good Food response, and how you can support it or find help.
- Take part in #BristolFoodKind – follow the hashtag to get practical ideas on how to shop, reduce food waste and grow food at home in a way that is considerate to yourself and the wider community. Post your own your ideas and tips using #BristolFoodKind to inspire others .
- Tell us your stories and follow them on the Going for Gold blog.
- You can still sign up to Going for Gold and continue logging actions – see each of the actions below for inspiration.
What is going on in your community to champion good food in the city?
Bristol is a thriving hub for food-related community groups and projects, including growing projects, cooking classes, food redistribution initiatives and community meals made from leftover food. These projects benefit residents and the places where they live in lots of ways—tackling social isolation, offering opportunities to learn new skills, protecting the environment and improving health.
Projects are often quite small and run on limited resources, meaning that not everyone in the city can take advantage of what they have to offer. But the more of us that join in, the more each project can offer to their local community. Imagine if every ward in Bristol had a food-growing project and regular community meals…
There are lots of ways you can get involved in your community, either through supporting existing projects or by starting something new. Click the links below to discover just a few suggestions to help you get started and earn a badge for each action you take. Every step counts and you can share your progress and your own ideas on social media: post or tweet using the hashtags #goingforgoldbristol and #G4Gcommunityaction. Don’t forget to update your actions in your dashboard as you make progress.