Good Food Oxford

Good Food Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom

Founded in 2013, Good Food Oxford (GFO) is a growing network of organisations working together for a better food system in Oxford. It is a cross-sector partnership with a shared aim: to identify and catalyse actions by individuals and organisations that promote healthy, fair, ethical and environmentally sustainable food for Oxford.

Initially reliant on volunteers and minimal staffing, sankalpa provided the network with two years of core funding. The funding, which enabled the organisation to employ two members of staff for six days a week, supported the organisation to define its focus and become self-sufficient. In addition to the network continuing to grow (130 members as of March 2019), develop its connectedness, advance local authority policy and influence local research priorities — further notable achievements have been made: An Oxfordshire Catering & Procurement Working Group of large institutions meets regularly to benchmark and improve their offer; a food poverty report and Oxford Living Wage research have contributed to local campaigning and project work to address food poverty; GFO events now form a core part of Oxford Green Week and Oxfordshire residents have been encouraged to be more SUGAR SMART. In 2018, GFO submitted Oxford’s successful application for a Sustainable Food Cities Bronze Award which evidenced the activity of more than 150 groups and organisations across six key issues – from addressing diet-related ill-health to building the local food economy.

From the start, sankalpa believed in the power of Good Food Oxford, and in my ability as a changemaker. sankalpa knows that powerful networks for positive change don’t just happen, and any network needs nourishing. The fund provided us with the resources to help our network members address the most pressing challenges of our time.

Hannah Fenton, Good Food Oxford Manager

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