Hull Food Charter
The Hull Food Charter has been developed through wide ranging consultations with organisations, businesses and individuals working to tackle the key issues we face around food in Hull. It sets out our aspirations for Hull as a Sustainable Food City, addressing food poverty, better access to fresh and healthy produce, increasing food skills and knowledge and supporting sustainable local food production, procurement and enterprise.
Hull Food Partnership’s Action Plan was written in April 2019 and clearly sets out the direction of the partnership for the next 3 years. The actions are matched against the objectives of the Hull Food Charter.
Hull Food Charter Objectives:
A Better Food Culture
Promote a culture celebrating and sharing food which recognises the value of local, sustainable produce.
Increase Food Knowledge and Skills
Enhance the practical abilities of everyone to grow, cook and make healthy buying decisions which are affordable and acceptable through providing access to information, education and support for all ages.
Promote Healthy Food
Improve the health and wellbeing of everyone who lives and works in Hull through raising awareness of the importance of a nutritious, balanced diet.
Work Towards Food Equality
Help tackle food poverty by increasing awareness and availability of a range of affordable and sustainable food choices across Hull, enabling broad and easy access for everyone.
Encourage a Sustainable Food Economy
Create a vibrant and resilient local sustainable food economy in Hull by supporting the growth and development of independent food enterprises, encouraging and ensuring fairness of reward throughout the whole food chain.
Develop Sustainable Supply Chains
Implement sustainable food procurement practices across the public and private sector to generate jobs and strengthen the local economy, improving understanding of where and how the food is produced and distributed.
Increase Food Production
Significantly increase the amount of local food grown and made available within Hull and surrounding areas through both community food growing and sustainable farming.
Reduce Ecological Impact
Reduce the ecological impact of the local food system through reducing waste, minimising unnecessary transportation using sustainable food production methods and shorter supply chains.
Pledge to support the Hull Food Charter
You can support these objectives as an individual or on behalf of an organisation by signing up to the Hull Food Charter and pledging to take the following actions. Individuals can pledge to:
BUY more of my food from local independent food enterprises and traders.
PREPARE meals from scratch using fresh, seasonal, local, Fairtrade or organic ingredients.
AIM to waste as little food as possible and think about freezing / sharing / composting any food I can’t use.
TRY growing my own herbs, fruit or veg at home, at an allotment or help out at a local community farm or food project.
Organisations and businesses can pledge to:
USE our purchasing power and procurement policies to support local, sustainable and ethical food.
SERVE healthy, seasonal, local food and fairly traded food to staff or customers.
PROVIDE opportunities for staff, students, patients or customers to learn how to cook and grow food.
ORGANISE volunteering programmes with community food initiatives and enterprises.
ENCOURAGE our customers and employees to:
– Reduce food waste
– Support local shops and retailers in the town – this keeps money in the local economy
– Grow their own food at home or on an allotment
– Eat healthily by cutting down on the amount of food with added sugar and salt
– Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables