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.


Aberdeen hosts many food-related projects and services which work to address food poverty and insecurity, provide meals to alleviate social isolation, develop cooking skills, promote healthy eating, encourage community food growing, improve procurement and catering and tackle food waste. The SFCPA aims to support these projects and services by encouraging a co-ordinated approach to take these forward, driven by the overarching principles of the UK-wide Sustainable Food Cities Network.

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)
  • Enscape Consultancy Ltd.
  • 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

Our goals and priorities when discussing food sustainability in Aberdeen can be summarised by 6 key themes:

  1. Promoting healthy and sustainable food to the public;
  2. Tackling food poverty, diet-related ill health and access to healthy food;
  3. Building community food knowledge, skills, resources and projects;
  4. Promoting a vibrant and diverse sustainable food economy;
  5. Transforming catering and food procurement;
  6. Reducing waste and the ecological footprint of the food system.

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 City Food Skills Network
  • Aberdeen Procurement Partnership


Granite City Good Food is jointly funded by:

  • Aberdeen Health & Social Care Partnership
  • Esmée Fairbairn foundation
  • NHS Grampian Public Health Directorate

Following a successful funding bid, a Granite City Good Food & Campaign Coordinator was appointed, based at Community Food Initiatives North East. We thank the above organisations for their contribution and ongoing commitment to the partnership.

Our Plan

We drafted our 2017-18 Action Plan to help us set our key goals and targets across the above priorities.        
Our Action Plan is a ‘living’ document and aims to reflect the transformation of the partnership as we progress towards our key goals.

 SFCPA Action Plan

We are currently developing an updated 2018-19 Action Plan, to be released in May 2018.

Our Food Charter

We recently developed a Food Charter. This document captures our goals and aims, and offers practical actions which individuals or organisation can take to become more sustainable in everyday life.

If you agree 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, then sign our Food Charter online today!

 SFCPA Food Chart

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2018-19 Campaign

The Aberdeen Veg Cities Campaign aims to:

  • Increase awareness of the benefits of growing and eating vegetables;
  • Increase access to affordable vegetables citywide;
  • Increase uptake of food growing opportunities in regeneration areas of the city.

Read more about the Veg Cities campaign here.

Contact Us

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

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