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The HOME Project
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 09:57

The Helping Old Moat Eat (HOME) was a fun and educational project delivered in the Old Moat area to address food poverty through a range of community engagement and learning activities.

Funded through the Manchester City Council Food Poverty Fund and delivered in partnership with Sow the City, Old Moat Greenies, Southway Housing Trust, Old Moat Children’s Centre and South Manchester Healthy Living Network, the HOME project aimed to tackle food poverty through increased access to home grown food, improved awareness of cooking on a budget whilst simultaneously providing volunteering opportunities and skills for employment.

As part of the project, HOME trained local Food Champions who helped to generate interest in the project and spread the message throughout the area where the project was targeted. This involved visiting homes and providing advice, followed up by food growing workshops and healthy cooking on a budget courses, as well as a healthy take away service that aimed to provide healthy and affordable food through its alternative vegetarian menu.

The Old Moat community embraced the HOME project and overall:-

  • Spoke to over 500 people about food poverty and offered basic food advice, either through events, in local homes or in the street. 
  • Trained four local residents to be Food Champions 
  • Held two HOME community events with over 100 people attending.  
  • Created a food growing demonstration garden in the middle of the housing estate for training local residents.
  • Trained 27 people on how to grow food and provided the materials for them to apply this knowledge and grow in their own garden.
  • Ran well attended courses on how to cook on a budget and food safety.
  • Provided healthy take away meal service

If you would like to know more about the HOME project or you are a local resident who would like to connect with a HOME Food Champion, please contact Kieron McGlasson, Sow the City on telephone: 0161 465 6954 or Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:12
Sustainable Fish Cities
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:48

Taking the Sustainable Fish City Pledge!

The Sustainable Food Cities (SFC) Network is an alliance of public, private and third sector organisations that believe in the power of food as a vehicle for driving positive change.  The Network, which is run by a coalition of non governmental organisations led by the Soil Association, Food Matters and Sustain, aims to help people and places to share challenges, explore practical solutions and develop best practice in all aspects of sustainable food.  Sustainable Fish Cities is a featured campaign of the Sustainable Food Cities network and seeks to promote Cities, towns and counties where sustainable fish policies are in place.

The Manchester Sustainable Fish City Working Party is a group of individuals who are aiming to work with partners to pledge support for the campaign and attain ‘Sustainable Fish City’ status for Manchester.

The pledge involves working with schools and other partners such as hospitals, higher education venues and work places to pledge a commitment to developing a sustainable seafood policy.  Assessing and monitoring what is served, serving sustainable fish according to the traffic light system of the Marine Conservation Society and communicating the message to influence wider progress are amongst the actions the group aim to achieve.

'Manchester Fayre' is Manchester City Council's catering service and one of the leading agencies to provide meals/catering to many Manchester schools.  Manchester Fayre have been working with the Manchester Sustainable Fish City Working Party and have now signed up to the Sustainable Fish Cities Pledge, ensuring that sustainable fish policies are inherent within their procurement practices.  This is a great achievement, and hopefully with more to come!

If you would like to know more about Sustainable Fish Cities or the working party email Mary Pegington at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or follow the link: www.sustainweb.org/sustainablefishcity/



Last Updated on Friday, 15 January 2016 11:20
Food Poverty Update – directory of emergency food provision
Friday, 14 June 2013 10:10

Please find the latest update of the Food Bank directory (July 2015). 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 Tuesday, 04 August 2015 12:16
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
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