Food nourishes our bodies and communities, and the way we produce and
distribute it is central to our environmental impacts. It's a tool for social
justice, by ensuring everyone can access good-quality, healthy, delicious 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.
This site provides a home for a big conversation around food in Greater Manchester. The collaborative events calendar will show what is happening in the city, and you can promote your own food-related events there. The forum aims to represent and link individuals and organisations with knowledge and resources, and to build a coalition of citizens demanding a better food future.
Join the conversation and share your ideas!
Greater Manchester Food Hub - 2019 Mission StatementVisit the Forum
Food systems involve all of us, connecting us to people and places around the world. By combining our strength and working across sectors, we can better challenge the enormous problems of the food system: corporate control, cheapness equalling unhealthiness, low wages, waste, safety threats, pollution, resource depletion and biodiversity loss...
A key challenge for Greater Manchester is to ensure healthy, affordable food for all: a basic human right. Healthy, sustainably-produced food shouldn't be a privilege for the rich. No one should have to rely on food banks to feed their family.
Greater Manchester has a rich history of cooperatives, market gardens and other ways of producing and distributing good food. Recently, we've seen restaurants, street food, and smaller manufacturers grow. How can we support responsible, innovative businesses to thrive?
We actually are what we eat. Food and eating affects our physical bodies, mental health, social lives and community wellbeing. Making our food system more democratic and less reliant on fossil fuels can improve health, from our bodies' cells to the whole planet...
Good Food For GM
This is the multi-sector partnership for the city-region, linking different sectors and organisations together to envision and bring about a better food future by connecting policy, actions and people.
For years, Feeding Manchester (now Feeding GM) has been gathering people to discuss and strategise around the problems and potential solutions to food system problems in the city, such as this video [link to YT vid]
GM Health Hub
This resource was created by the devolved Health and Social Care partnership, and includes information on different aspects of healthy eating, as well as resources on smoking, drinking, feeling and moving.
Sow the City
Sow The City support all kinds of ways to help people grow their own food, from running workshops and events to research and consultancy
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth have been campaigning on different aspects of sustainability for many years, but have also created a 'Real Food Guide': a directory of shops, farms, cafes and other ways of accessible fairer, greener food in Greater Manchester
Open Kitchen Mcr
Formerly The Real Junk Food, Open Kitchen now caters for different organisations and events, using surplus food that might otherwise go to waste
Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance
GM Food Poverty Alliance has been bringing together citizens and organisations since 2017, to raise awareness and drive changes so that no one in our city-region need access a food bank in the future.
FareShare redistributes surplus food to community groups that can put it to good use.
Cracking Good Food
Cracking Good Food teaches exciting ways to cook all kinds of food, using all kinds of ingredients and in kinds of places!