Community Food projects in the county have been coming together in the Food Durham Community Good Food Network to share experiences and to explore what ‘good food’ means in County Durham. The sessions include speakers from local and national initiatives, made possible by hosting the sessions on Zoom, followed by plenty of time for questions and discussion. This network is part of a national piece of work aiming to pilot approaches to creating a Good Food Movement, led by Sustainable Food Places and anyone involved in community groups is welcome to join.
The first meeting in November 2020 took a look at emergency food provision and what might come next. At our most recent meeting in March we started to explore the topic of food and climate, initially focusing on food waste and Nikki Dravers from Re-f-Use CIC in Chester-le-Street, spoke about their project. During the discussion the group explored the issues around the current food system where local charity groups collect surplus from supermarkets for redistribution. Whilst surplus food enables community groups to help lots of people and reduces the amount of food going to landfill or even an energy plant, there was the general feeling that this really is a sticking plaster that leaves the supermarkets off the hook as it doesn’t do anything to address the systemic issue of the surplus being produced in the first place.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 12 May 3-4pm. The theme is ‘Climate Friendly Diets’ and you can book your place here.