The coronavirus pandemic has led to unforeseen challenges for our city’s food system, in addition to revealing unimagined resourcefulness and kindness from individuals and organisations in rising to the challenge. Although the bid to make Bristol a Gold Sustainable Food City has been paused as the city focuses on responding to the pandemic, the need for a resilient food community has never been greater.
There have been incredible efforts to ensure everyone in the city gets the food they need. Bristol Food Union and FareShare South West are among those helping to feed those who are vulnerable, and Bristol Food Network’s Good Food Response pages has information on both getting and giving help.
How you can be part of Bristol’s Good Food Response to the coronavirus pandemic:
- Bristol Food Network has information about the Good Food response and how you can support
- 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 G4G blog
- You can still sign up to Going for Gold and continue logging actions – see each of the actions below for inspiration.
What if everyone in Bristol had reliable access to nutritious and affordable food?
This is what we mean when we ask for food equality. When this balance isn’t achieved, part of the population will experience food insecurity, meaning they are unable to count on a reliable source to buy and prepare Good Food, and therefore may go hungry. It is estimated that almost 43,000 people in Bristol have limited or uncertain access to food.
But food equality isn’t just about what we have to eat, it also means ensuring that the people growing and producing our food—from a local dairy farmer to a tea plantation worker thousands of miles away—receive a fair income.
While policy makers and food organisations tackle the social and economic complexities that contribute to food inequality in Bristol and beyond, organisations of all sorts and sizes—and working in any sector—have tremendous power to make a positive impact and make change.
Your organisation can be part of that change. The power you have to make change in your place of work or learning will depend on many things, including your role, the size and structure of the organisation. But no matter what our role, we all have the power to start a conversation or raise a question. In many cases, this is all it takes to start a revolution.
Choose one or more of the actions below, or even add your own action. Your organisation will earn a badge for every action they take, and can claim a Food Champion badge if an action is completed in each of the six areas. Every action counts, and you can share your contribution and your own ideas on social media: post or tweet using the hashtags #goingforgoldbristol and #G4Gfoodequality. Don’t forget to update your actions in your dashboard as you make progress.