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New Emergency Food Provider Mapping Tool
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 13:07

Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) is a coalition of organisations and individuals from across Greater Manchester who came together to continue the momentum of the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission's (GMPC) report of February 2013. As part of their plans to draw together people with strong common interests under the broader heading of poverty, they formed a Food Poverty Special Interest Group, which met for the first time in September 2016.  One of their first objectives was to create an on-line mapping tool for people across Greater Manchester to find their nearest emergency food provider / service.

The GMPA Emergency Food Provider map and more information about GMPA can be found here.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 14:02
New food Rules for Children’s Media
Friday, 09 December 2016 13:04
The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has announced new rules on the advertising of high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) food or drink products in children's media. The rules, which apply to media targeted at under 16's, come into effect at 01st July 2017.
The rules mean that adverts that directly, or indirectly promote a HFSS product cannot appear in children's media or in other media where children make up over 25% of the audience. There are also rules around the promotions of HFSS, such as using celebrities popular with children. 
The ban will apply in traditional and online children's media, ensuring that regulation keeps in step with changing behaviour and media habits. 
You can find out more from the Advertising Standards Authority here.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 December 2016 13:33
New Government Obesity Plan Published
Thursday, 17 November 2016 15:02

The government has published its plan to tackle childhood obesity over the next ten years.  ‘Childhood Obesity: a plan for action’ outlines the different ways that the government plans to significantly reduce childhood obesity by offering healthier options.  This includes the implementation of the soft drinks industry levy, making school food healthier and clearer labelling.  To find out more about the new plan, click here

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 November 2016 15:12
Growing in the City win Best Community Space Award
Friday, 19 August 2016 10:00

Spirit of Manchester 2016 Best Community Space Award winner – Growing in the City

Macc have announced the winner of their Spirit of Manchester 2016 Best Community Space Award – and it’s congratulations to our very own Growing Manchester group, ‘Growing in the City’!

This is the first year of the Best Community Space award and Macc decided that the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Manchester would decide the winner. Over 700 votes were cast in the online vote and Growing in the City were up against some tough competition who are doing some fantastic work in Manchester.

Mike Wild, Macc Chief Executive said:

“Many congratulations to Growing in the City for winning the Best Community Space Award in our first ever online vote. They are worthy winners but it has to be said, looking at the wealth of talent in all the nominated groups, there were no losers in this competition!”

Growing in the City will be collecting their award at the Spirit of Manchester 2016 Awards Ceremony on 6 October.

For more information about the Macc and the Spirit of Manchester awards visit here.

To read a geat article about Growing in the City, their growing site and their Men’s Shed project, visit here.


Last Updated on Friday, 19 August 2016 10:18
Food Futures Emergency Food Provision Directory
Friday, 29 July 2016 15:21

The Food Futures emergency food provision directory lists some of the food banks and venues currently operating in Manchester that offer emergency meal provision.  This document can be used to help support agencies to signpost users to support services or to help individuals identify local services that best suit their needs.

We will update this directory as the situation changes however if you are aware of amends that need to be made, have any questions about the directory or would like to have your service listed, please contact Lindsay Laidlaw on email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or telephone 0161 234 3540.

You can download the directory here

Last Updated on Friday, 29 July 2016 15:30
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