Good food is vital to the quality of people's lives. The Sustainable Food City Partnership Aberdeen (SFCPA) 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.

Background

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

The SFCPA 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, 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, the SFCPA 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

Funding

The SFCPA is jointly funded by:

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

Following a successful funding bid, an SFCPA & 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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2017-18 Campaign

Sugar Smart Aberdeen logo

The first campaign of the SFCPA is ‘SUGAR SMART Aberdeen’, a local campaign which links to the UK-wide initiative from the Jamie Oliver Foundation. The campaign aims to highlight the benefit of healthy diets, and supports local businesses and organisations (including schools, community centres, and work places) to take actions to reduce excessive sugar consumption and promote healthy lifestyles.

We are running a pupil-led pilot project in Heathryburn Primary, with a programme of Sugar Smart activities, including a ‘Ditch the Fizz’ challenge beginning in February 2018.

Don't forget to follow our Sugar Smart Facebook & Twitter pages for recent updates:

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Contact Us

For more information, or if you or your organisation are interested in becoming involved in the SFCPA or SUGAR SMART Aberdeen, please contact:

Laura Penny
Sustainable Food City Partnership Aberdeen (SFCPA) Co-ordinator
SUGAR SMART Aberdeen
CFINE – SFCPA
Email: [email protected]
Tel:     01224 596156