Businesses, organisations and community groups from across Middlesbrough have joined together to form the Middlesbrough Food Partnership. Together they have created a Food Action Plan for Middlesbrough which aims to ensure that everyone has access to healthy nutritious and affordable food. (Click on the image to find out more)
Businesses and residents will be able to get involved and support the Action Plan by signing up to the Food Charter, or the People’s Food Pledge (see below).
Middlesbrough Food Charter
Health and nutrition
To help people eat a nutritious, balanced diet and improve access to affordable food, and to encourage businesses to provide safe and healthy food.
Turn your organisation into a good food environment.
Middlesbrough Council workplace health
North East Better Health at Work Award
Food 4 Health
Food hygiene and safety
Healthy and sustainable recipes
Change 4 Life – top tips for healthy eating
Reducing food waste
Helping people and businesses to minimise, recycle and compost food waste.
Information for Businesses:
Information for householders:
A strong local food economy and catering
Local and sustainable food
Support initiatives that bring people and businesses together and help them increase the availability, consumptions and production of healthy, affordable food.
Use locally produced food wherever possible
Buy from local farmers’ and country markets
Promote food growing to staff, clients, and customers – for training and advice contact MEC
Use seasonal food wherever possible
Fairness in the food chain and tackling food poverty
Education and skills
Giving everyone the opportunity to learn about food production, and how to grow and cook food.
Askam Bryan College
Camphill Village Trust – Larchfield and Botton Communities
New Newham Grange Country Farm
Contact Middlesbrough Environment City for the latest horticulture training
Potential routes to employment/ training: Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar & Cleveland, Tees Valley
National Citizen Service
Stokesley Agricultural Show
Guisborough Forest Festival
Middlesbrough Town Meal
Businesses and organisations who have signed up to the Food Charter include:
How local organisations can help?
- Buy locally produced food to reduce transport related emissions and support the local economy.
- Serve healthy, seasonal and fairly traded food.
- Recycle packaging – try to buy food that doesn’t have lots of packaging with it. If there is packaging left over, click here to see where it can be recycled.
- Buy Fairtrade food if the food is not produced locally – look for the Fairtrade logo.
- Compost food waste and recycle green waste.
- Look through your business plans to see if you can do more to help.
- Encourage your customers and employees to:
– Reduce food waste
– Support local shops and retailers in the town – this keeps money in the local economy
– Grow their own food at home or in allotment
– Eat healthily by cutting down on amount of food with added sugar and salt
– Eat less meat and more fresh fruit
– Take physical exercise regularly to reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease and cancer
– Read the labels on food to buy healthy
Support One Planet Middlesbrough to help protect the environment and save money. By doing so you will also be supporting public health priorities.
Consider the broader challenges
- Food accounts for approximately 25% of the town’s ecological footprint.
- 40% of food is imported into the UK. Affordable food will become scarcer as the world population grows, which will harm low income households first.
- Climate change and declining natural resources will have an adverse impact on food production
Middlesbrough People’s Food Pledge
We want Middlesbrough to be a place where local people can eat good quality, healthy food that is easy to buy, offers value for money that is produced locally wherever possible. The Middlesbrough Food Partnership, led by Middlesbrough Environment City, is producing a plan to help local people make good choices about food.
We are asking local people to sign up to this Food Pledge and try to make small changes to their food habits. We know that good food is essential for a good quality of life and a healthy lifestyle.
Our ambitions include making sure we can all access quality food at affordable prices, whether we buy it or grow it ourselves. We want to reduce and recycle the packaging our food comes in, reduce the amount of food we waste and make sure that the food we buy is produced in a fair way and helps local businesses and producers.
If you are able to achieve one or more of the ambitions listed below, then you will be doing something really positive to ensure that Middlesbrough has great food, a great environment, great places to buy and eat food, and most importantly healthy local people.
Please show your support to Middlesbrough’s Food Action Plan by signing up to the People’s Food Pledge Click here to go to the Food Pledge
How you can help
Try to eat a healthy diet – training and advice is available in cooking healthy food as cheaply as possible. Check out MEC’s recipes