9 January 2023: Our next SFPN meeting is on Wednesday 11th January 2023, bringing together those partners across the Borough who are tackling food poverty.
6 January 2023: SFPN Xmas food appeal was a great success, with huge community generosity – including a fantastic £300 anonymous donation. Eleven local organisations were able to collect food donations, to go to the local community. (I can give more details on the organisations that donated, specifics if wanted)
This is the first Food Poverty Reduction Strategy for Stockton-on-Tees and it builds on the work already delivered within the Borough to tackle food poverty.
Stockton-on-Tees has a thriving VCSE sector and a supportive Local Authority, all with a commitment and desire to strengthen the ability of local communities to reduce food poverty. The Stockton-on-Tees Food Power Network (SFPN) is a partnership of community groups, VCSE bodies and the Local Authority, aiming to transform the way that communities experiencing food poverty access support, helping people to have long, sustainable lives that are free from hunger.
About the network
The Stockton-on-Tees Food Power Network is a network of over 45 local organisations including foodbanks, community pantries, ecoshops, charities and local businesses. We work with Stockton Borough Council and the local VCSE sector. We work together to:
- Promote and produce healthy and sustainable food
- Fight food waste and reduce the ecological footprint of the food system
- Build community knowledge (cooking and growing skills, etc.)
- Help improve resilience and financial stability
- Promote local produce
- Change how food is procured locally
Our project links
Leaflets provide details of all the foodbanks, community pantries, eco-shops and hot food services in Stockton-on-Tees
The map is continuously updated with community growing sites and gardens. It also includes all Stockton-on-Tees allotments from Stockton Borough Council .
We are adding to the map whenever a new initiative comes into play. The map shows all the foodbanks, community pantries, eco-shops and hot community food in the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees.
Vegetables, fruit, grains, honey, jam, meat and more are all mapped out to track local producers. The map includes producers and sources 50-mile radius from Stockton High street, as the crow flies.
We have our own social media Facebook page. Follow and share our updates to increase awareness of what we are doing and places to access food.
SFPN Minutes of Meeting May 2021 – present
Food Power Network van
The Stockton Food Power Network Van helps ensure as much surplus food as possible is put to good use around the Borough. Leased by Stockton on Tees Borough Council (SBC) and driven by Catalyst volunteers, the van makes collections and deliveries five days a week.
The van visits supermarkets and other venues, collecting surplus food and delivers it to food banks, community pantries and other community venues to be put to good use. Volunteer van buddies, assist the drivers with loading and unloading food and other tasks.
Volunteer with us!
The current Team of volunteer drivers and buddies do a marvellous job, but there is always room for more. To find out more and to apply to become a volunteer visit:
If you would like to provide any information to support us in this work, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are setting up a food pantry or would like to discuss the Food Power Network in more detail contact
Clare Branson ( Stockton Food Power Network Project Coordinator)
Telephone: 01642 733906
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