Tower Hamlets has been awarded the Sustainable Food Places Bronze Award. The Sustainable Food Places Award is a national programme run by the Soil Association, Food Matters and Sustain, which recognises and celebrates the success of places taking a joined up approach to food, and that are achieving significant, systemic change on a range of key food issues.
Tower Hamlets strategies and partnerships play a crucial role in shaping the food culture environment and food system. The Tower Hamlets Food Partnership is a multi-sector network bringing together charities, businesses and statutory services who have a shared interest in food, and together we work to drive positive social, economic and environmental change.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “This award is a testament to the organisations and communities working together towards a fairer, healthier and more sustainable food system. The Tower Hamlets Food Partnership is helping shift the way our residents access food, by sharing knowledge, increasing access and implementing greener practices.”
Sarah Williams, Programme Director at Sustain and co-chair of the Tower Hamlets Food Partnership, said: “I am delighted that the Food Partnership and the work of organisations to bring nourishing, sustainable food to the people of Tower Hamlets has been recognised and celebrated. Over the last year, we have seen just how important food is, and the borough has a brilliant partnership to support the council, community organisations and many others, who are working together to ensure that people can buy and cook nutritious, affordable food, join thriving community food gardens, and enjoy healthier food neighbourhoods.”
Somen Banerjee, Director of Public Health, said: “Supporting our residents to access the good food they need for a healthy life is crucial. For Tower Hamlets to win the Bronze Sustainable Food Places Award is a fantastic achievement. It is testament to the collaboration between a range of food partners in Tower Hamlets who are working together to create a healthier and more sustainable food system which will support the health of our residents.”