Bath and North East Somerset Local Food Strategy and Partnership
Bath and North East Somerset Council has adopted the Local Food Strategy which aims to increase the production and consumption of healthy, sustainable and locally produced food across the district.
The Local Food Strategy is about:
- Improving health, wellbeing and equality
- Improving environmental sustainability and food security
- Supporting a strong and prosperous food economy
A Local Food Partnership has been set up to oversee the delivery of the strategy. This multi-agency partnership includes a steering group and open stakeholder partnership with representatives from food and farming businesses, public sector organizations, voluntary groups and the local community. If you would like to be part of the Local Food Partnership, please contact Sophie Kirk: Sophie_Kirk@BATHNES.GOV.UK
Sustainable Food Cities Bronze Award
Bath and North East Somerset has achieved the Sustainable Food Cities Bronze Award in recognition of partnership action to increase healthy, local and sustainable food across the district.
Please see the award application for information about food interventions and activities across the district.
Local Food Procurement
The Council’s “Think Local” Procurement policy provides social value by increasing the amount of Council business awarded to local suppliers and SME’s by requiring local suppliers to be approached first for quotations for any commission below £50,000. The Council is working to increase procurement of local food and drink in a number of ways: It is working with equilibrium markets, a local food distribution company to enable a wide range of local producers and businesses to supply the Council’s school food service and supplies organic milk from a local dairy for use in its offices.
West of England Food Procurement Group
The West of England Food Procurement Group is a partnership to support public sector organisations to procure food and catering services in line with health and sustainability priorities. Membership includes procurement, catering and public health staff from the four West of England local authorities – Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset – along with representatives from local supply groups and other public sector organisations and partners. The group works together to exchange information, share best practise and identify initiatives and actions to support sustainable food procurement across the West of England. B&NES Council provides the secretariat function for the group.
- DEFRA’s Plan for Public Procurement; Food provides a toolkit and guidance for healthy and sustainable food procurement.
- The Food For Life Catering Mark is a program of support to improve food procurement and catering in all settings and catering businesses.
The Council has put in place a food forum to support schools, early year settings and colleges to take a whole school approach to food and to provide healthier diets for children. Through the delivery of the Director of Public Health Award, the forum improves healthy food provision in educational settings and supports school cooking, growing and farm visits. View our Director of Public Health Award Food Film to see the good practice happening locally!