Good food is vital to the quality of people's lives. Granite City Good Food believe that every person in Aberdeen should have access to healthy, tasty, affordable food and that this food should also be good for the environment and our local economy.

Food is at the heart of some of our city’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems, however, we believe that good food is also a vital part of the solution.

Who are we?

 SFCPA partners at recent launch event

Granite City Good Food brings together key stakeholders to drive positive food change whilst making healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of our city. We are a cross-sector partnership (Sustainable Food City Partnership Aberdeen) with members including:

  • Aberdeen City Council
  • Aberdeen Health & Social Care Partnership
  • Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE)
  • NHS Grampian Public Health Directorate (NHSG PHD)
  • The Allotment Market Stall (TAMS)
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Tillydrone Community Flat

Cllr Lesley Dunbar (Aberdeen City Council) was elected as our Chairperson in March 2017.
Read our Memorandum of Understanding here.

Our Priorities

Sustainability is a very broad concept and is about the direction of travel, rather than reaching a specific destination, so no one definition is perfect. To help develop our programme, six key areas have been identified:

  1. Taking a strategic and collaborative approach to good food governance and action
  2. Building public awareness, active food citizenship and a local good food movement
  3. Tackling food poverty and diet-related ill-health and increasing access to affordable healthy food
  4. Creating a vibrant, prosperous and diverse sustainable food economy
  5. Transforming catering and procurement and revitalizing local and sustainable food supply chains
  6. Tackling the climate and nature emergency through sustainable food and farming and an end to food waste

In order to deliver on the above priorities, Granite City Good Food will establish working groups and networks across the above themes, and will also work in partnership with existing networks including:

  • The Child Healthy Weight Working Group
  • Food Poverty Action Aberdeen
  • Aberdeen Community Food Network
  • Aberdeen Procurement Partnership
  • Grampian Food Heritage

Our Plan

The 2020 Action Plan is currently under development. In the meanwhile, have a look at the 2017-18 Action Plan to better understand our goals and priorities. 

Sign the Food Charter

We believe that every person in Aberdeen should have access to healthy, tasty, affordable, and sustainable food. Sign the Food Charter and pledge to help Aberdeen become a sustainable food city! 


- Follow a healthy diet: eat at least 5 portions of seasonal fruit and vegetables every day

- Buy more local and seasonal produce

- Grow your own food in an allotment, community garden, at home or at work

- Cook your own meals from scratch, using fresh, local, and sustainably sourced ingredients

- Compost, reduce food waste and recycle packaging


- Procure sustainable, local and responsibly sourced food. 

- Provide opportunities to grow food at work and within the community

- Increase access to healthy food and drinks in canteens and encourage staff to follow a healthy diet, including reduced sugar consumption

Sign the Food Charter

 2020 Campaign

Sustainable Fish Cities

People are eating more fish than they used to and a lot of it is being caught by destructive methods. The world is now seriously at risk of losing some species from our seas forever.

If you run an organisation that buys or serves food, sign the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge to help become Aberdeen the first Sustainable Fish City in Scotland.

Sign the Pledge

You will be sending the message to your suppliers that they need to buy only verifiably sustainable fish.

If you have any issues signing the pledge, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. 

Veg Cities

Veg Cities is a feature campaign of Sustainable Food Cities, led by food and farming charity Sustain in partnership with the wider Peas Please initiative. The aim of Veg Cities is to increase the availability and consumption of vegetables by working with local authorities, communities, schools, hospitals, workplaces, food growing enterprises and restaurants.

Get Involved

Contact Us

For more information, or if you or your organisation are interested in getting involved in the Granite City Good Food approach, or Sustainable Food Cities Aberdeen, please contact:

Stephen Balfour
Granite City Good Food Co-ordinator
Email: [email protected]
Tel:     01224 596156       

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