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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 (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
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

Growing Manchester Programme – Open Now!

Need support to help you and your project grow your own healthy, fresh and sustainable food?  Have access to some land for food growing but not sure where to start?  The 'Growing Manchester' programme could be just what you are looking for to help you and your project get started, or take your project to the next level!

The Food Futures 'Growing Manchester' programme supports new and existing community food growing projects to ensure that local people with an enthusiasm to grow can access the training and support their project needs to succeed.  We already support over 65 Manchester based growing projects and we are excited to open the Growing Manchester programme to invite TEN new groups to tap into the available expertise.  Groups will be welcomed onto the programme to join us in our autumn and winter course programme and crucially, to capitalise on the community development support to plan ahead for the next growing season.

'Sow the City' will be working with successful groups to manage and deliver our horticultural and environmental training, bringing the expertise to help your group at every stage in your vision to grow food and live sustainably.  

So, if you are new to food growing or simply want to further develop your food growing project, here’s what to do:-

Download your application form here

Down load your Supporting Information document here

Email your completed application form to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Postal applications go to Lindsay Laidlaw, Public Health Manchester, PO Box 532, Level 4, Town Hall Extension, Manchester, M60 2LA. 

The closing date for receipt of new applications to Growing Manchester is Monday 8th August 2016 at 10am.  Spaces are limited and late submissions cannot be considered, so remember to leave plenty of time if you are posting your application.


For more information or to discuss your application, please contact Lindsay Laidlaw, Project Manchester, Public Health Manchester on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0161 234 3540. 


Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2016 16:09
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