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.
Our vision is:
Organisations and partners work collaboratively to produce and promote healthy and sustainable food, making the best use of their resources so that food waste and food poverty is eradicated within Stockton-on-Tees
This strategy is supported by the following three key principles:
Produce and promote healthy and sustainable food, reducing waste and the ecological footprint of the food system
Build community knowledge, skills and resources that promote healthy lifestyles and financial stability and security
Improve catering and food procurement so that more people can access healthy food choices
We are confident that there is a passion and desire within Stockton-on-Tees and its communities to work together to tackle food poverty. We know that there are many groups and organisations that are already undertaking this work, and we recognise that this challenge cannot be met by any one organisation on its own. This strategy aims to bring greater integration of organisations and partners to ensure that within Stockton-on-Tees we work together to maximise resources and avoid duplication.
This strategy provides a framework to bring everyone together to provide dignified food support and a holistic approach to supporting and empowering our communities to be cohesive and resilient.
We want to provide innovative user-led services, which have an eco-friendly bias that moves communities away from food aid and dependence towards dignified and affordable initiatives by creating a healthier food culture that brings people together and improves the health and wellbeing of residents within Stockton-on-Tees.
The Community Food Support Directory is a resource for the VCSE sector to access other organisations who provide crisis food support, specific food support, eco shops and community pantries. This has been updated as a priority action from the SFPN members. Currently, this is stage one of the Food Directory and we plan to improve the information and mapping method on this directory.