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As growing numbers of us are realising, food is vital in so many ways: not just in nourishing our bodies and communities, but as a means to vastly improve our collective environmental impact. It is also a key issue in achieving social justice through ensuring everyone can afford and access good-quality, healthy, desirable food.

Cities are increasingly seen as a place where food systems can be changed, and Greater Manchester is no exception. The city has a wealth of organisations working on local food growing, food waste prevention, food access for those on low incomes, cooking and much more.

The aim of this site, developed collaboratively by some of those organisations, is to bring many more people into a big conversation around food. It will be a hub to find out what is happening in the city, to link organisations who can share knowledge and resources, and to build a coalition of citizens demanding a better food future. We hope that the conversations happening here will shape what this online hub can do in future.

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Greater Manchester Food Hub - 2019 Mission Statement

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Our Mission

Collaboration

Food systems involve every one of us, and connects us to people and places around the world. We can act! We believe that by combining our strength and working across sectors, we can better challenge the giant, deeply-rooted problems of the food system: long distances, corporate concentration, cheapness equalling unhealthiness, poor wages, unnecessary waste, safety threats, pollution and reliance on fossil fuels...

Food Access

A key challenge for Greater Manchester is to ensure decent, delicious, affordable food for all. This is a basic human right. Healthy, sustainably-produced food shouldn't be a privilege for the rich. Past decades have seen the rollback and privatisation of systems meant to guarantee our access to food, leaving thousands hungry or poorly fed. Communities have responded with vital support, for example through expanding foodbanks. We want to see and end to charity and a return to equal access to food.

Local Business

Greater Manchester has a rich history of cooperatives, market gardens and other mechanisms for producing and distributing good food. More recently, it has seen the restaurant, street food, cafe and manufacturing market flourish. How can we support responsible, innovative businesses to thrive so that everyone can enjoy their contributions?

Health

Why is this important? Because we actually are what we eat. Food and eating can heal or harm our physical bodies but also our brains, our mental health, our social lives and our communities' wellbeing. It also has a major impact on the health of our land and ecosystems. Making our food system more democratic and less reliant on fossil fuels will improve health, from the scale of our tiniest cells to the entire planet...get involved!

All Collaborators

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Good Food For GM

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Feeding GM

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GMCA’s Health Hub

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Sow the City

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Friends of the Earth

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Real Junk Food Mcr

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Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance

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FareShare GM

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