Parish Councillor network - developing sustainable food resources in rural areas

Monday, February 8, 2021

Online Parish Councillor Network meeting

Developing a sustainable food network in rural areas

Thursday 11th March 2021, at 10am via Zoom

This is the latest in our Parish Councillor Network meetings and is focussing on how a good food network can help to support a resilient rural community. The meeting is free to all our Parish Councillors and Parish Council Clerks who are members of Northamptonshire ACRE (there is a £10 charge for non members). Book a place here.

Our recent survey into food poverty and access in rural Northants showed this is an increasingly complex issue in our villages and parishes, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Not everyone in rural areas is affluent or able to access good quality, healthy food as needed or know where to go in order to obtain it. The results of the survey were collated and can be found in our report "An investigation into Rural Food Poverty and Insecurity in Northamptonshire 2020" which can be downloaded here.

What can rural communities do to help ensure everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and know who to turn to when they find themself in need? Our latest  meeting is a chance to discuss these questions, while meeting up with fellow Councillors and finding out what they are doing in their villages to help those who may have difficulty accessing or affording healthy food.

We have the following agenda:

  • The importance of a good food network for resilient communities.
  • Rural food survey and results – Jenni Hedges
  • Rural food map – Jenni Hedges
  • Sustainable Food Places: what is this? - Elaine O'Leary
  • Funding for community larders, shops, pubs etc.
  • Useful contacts and links
  • Q&A
  • We are hoping to have a guest speaker and will update with the details once confirmed.

This is a FREE event to members and can be booked here.  Once you have booked we will send you the Zoom link and joining instructions. If you have any queries about the above, please email [email protected] for more details.