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Food Poverty Update – directory of emergency food provision
Friday, 14 June 2013 10:10

Please find the latest update of the Food Bank directory (December 2014). We will update this list regularly as things change. If your organisation would like to be added to the list please get in touch with Lindsay Laidlaw This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in the Food Futures Team or call 0161 234 3540

You can download the directory here

Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 11:07
Whalley Range Taste Buds
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:13

Whalley Range Taste Buds

 Age-friendly Whalley Range have been looking at ways to connect people who like to cook and are happy to share an extra portion of a delicious home cooked meal with older neighbours living close by who could really benefit from a hot cooked meal.

 The Whalley Range Taste Buds project has been set up to do just that, to match local cooks with local diners who can enjoy a fresh home cooked meal delivered to their door free of charge.  The project has already had interest from both cooks and diners who want to get involved, with cooks representative of a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, so there is the potential to offer vegetarian, South Asian and West Indian cuisine for diners.  All Cooks have to undertake a Criminal Record Check (DBS) and a short food hygiene course before sharing a meal, which is paid for by the project.  If you are interested in joining the project as a cook or diner, or would like to know more about The Whalley Range Taste Buds project, follow the link below:-



Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:37
Manchester City Council Food Poverty Fund
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:13

Manchester City Council Food Poverty Fund

 At the beginning of September, Manchester City Council invited not-for-profit organisations to apply for funding of between £5,000 and £50,000 to provide immediate food needs and other essential goods and services for people in serious poverty.  The Food Poverty Fund welcomed applications that provided emergency food alongside a broader package of support and activities that addressed some of the longer term causes of food poverty, improved health outcomes, helped people to acquire skills or met a specific unmet demand for emergency food in the community.

 The closing date for the scheme has now passed and over 50 applications have been received, totalling more than £1.5 million from an available £400,000 funding pot.  The applications will be scored and ranked by a panel, ensuring a good mix of activities across the city and covering all of the objectives of the fund.  Decisions will be made towards to the end of November and applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application to follow. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:16
Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty
Friday, 06 June 2014 14:05

Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty

An All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty in Britain is now taking evidence on the extent and causes of hunger in Britain, the scope of provision to alleviate it and a comparison with other Western countries. If you wish to make a submission to the Inquiry please go to


The closing date for submissions is 30th June 2014

The enquiry has recently published a set of preliminary recommendations which can be viewed here.


Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 14:09
Growing Manchester
Friday, 06 June 2014 14:03

In March 2014, we opened up 'Round 3' of our food growing programme, 'Growing Manchester', inviting new or established food growing groups across the City to join us in our shared ambition to live and grow, sustainably!

We had an impressive response, with a wide and varied range of groups applying to access Growing Manchester and benefit from the training and resources we offer as part of the programme. Round 3 of Growing Manchester is now closed, but we have accepted over 20 new groups onto Growing Manchester, showing us there is a real appetite in Manchester to work together as a community to grow, cook and eat home-grown food.

This year, 'Sow the City' are providing the horticultural expertise to our groups, and now spring has sprung, they are excited to get out there and get growing. Jon Ross from Sow the City told us "we are very proud to be supporting the Growing Manchester programme again this year. This year’s programme is more flexible than ever – not only in providing training courses and site assessments but also support to help our groups develop their projects"


Due to the interest we have received in Growing Manchester, we will regularly review when we can advertise for new groups to apply to join us on the programme. If you would like to register an interest in the Growing Manchester Programme and would like us to keep you informed of when the scheme will be open to new applications, or maybe you just want to know more about other community food growing opportunities, you can contact Lindsay Laidlaw, Programme Officer, Public Health Manchester on

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0161 234 3540.

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