Buy local

The coronavirus pandemic continues to cause huge challenges for people’s lives, both personally and professionally. We know that some of the Bristol Bites Back Better actions might not be possible at the moment, depending what’s going on for you and your organisation, and what restrictions are in place. So don’t worry if you can’t do them all straight away, but know instead that every action you do take, now and in the future—no matter how small—is helping to build the greener, fairer and more resilient food system our city deserves.

Local food producers and businesses have faced huge challenges due to the pandemic – some have been unable to continue operating, whilst others have had to completely adapt their way of working to accommodate the changing circumstances.

If Bristol’s thriving food scene is to continue long into the future we all need to support our local, independent food community in this time so that it can come back stronger than ever.

Source your food locally

Whether your organisation orders a weekly fruit box or provides hundreds of lunches through a canteen, organisations can prioritise local businesses and buy direct from producers where possible. This helps boost the local economy, and a shorter supply chain has less of an impact on the environment too, thanks to reduced food miles.

Look out for Bristol Eating Better businesses

Looking for food business with a Bristol Eating Better Award is a great way to identify those that are committed to offering healthier options and make efforts to be sustainable.

Encourage your colleagues to support local every day

The array of Bristol online directories that have been created since the pandemic began to help people find their local food providers is testament to our city’s love of local. Share these resources with your colleagues to give them plenty of inspiration for where to eat and shop. Our favourites include Bristol Food Union and The Lockdown Economy. You can also find resources on the benefits on supporting local for individuals here.

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