Manchester Food Futures Strategy and Partnership

Manchester City Council have recently achieved a Sustainable Food Cities Bronze Award

A copy of their application which details all their sustainable food projects can be found here.

Manchester Food Futures

Food Futures is a city-wide strategy and programme to improve the health and sustainability of food in Manchester. It is coordinated by Public Health Manchester based within Manchester City Council and is a broad partnership of public and private sector and communities. It started as an informal partnership in 2005 and now supports a wide range of healthy and sustainable food activity. Our mission within Food Futures is to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of Manchester residents through concerted action by a range of agencies to make local food better, healthier and more accessible.

The Manchester Food Board was established to drive forward these commitments, incorporating the aims and objectives of the successful Food Futures Partnership at its core.

Current projects

Growing Manchester – 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. 

As part of Growing Manchester, growing groups can access a wide portfolio of community development support and horticultural expertise to help them at every stage of their project, from starting out and planning a plot to really taking their project to that next level. Now with over 65 growing groups engaged on the programme, Growing Manchester continues to thrive, welcoming over 20 new groups in this last year to benefit from the available expertise and to work together to grow and live sustainably in Manchester.

Truly Good Food – Food Futures 'Truly Good Food' is an accreditation scheme designed to recognise and reward those Manchester eating establishments who are trying to make Manchester healthier and happier by providing healthy and sustainable food. Now with nearly 40 accredited venues, the scheme promotes and certifies a range of eating establishments that believe good food should and can be safe, nutritious, environmentally sustainable, ethical AND enjoyable.

Food in residential care project – a project to explore issues relating to food in residential care settings and support the implementation of improvements. 

New Smithfield Market food waste diversion project – run by Fareshare Northwest under the umbrella of Emerge Food, this innovative project captures avoidable food waste from fruit and vegetable traders and distributes any useable food to FareShare beneficiaries (Community Food Members). FareShare Northwest also receives surplus in-date supplies from the food industry and works with over 50 organisations who provide meals to people in need in Greater Manchester.


Food Poverty Fund – Last year Manchester City Council launched the ‘Food Poverty Fund’, which made £500,000 available to our voluntary and community sector organisations to provide emergency food alongside a broader package of support and activities that addressed some of the longer term causes of food poverty in Manchester. Administered via a grant programme, Manchester Council specifically welcomed applications that aimed to improve health outcomes for our residents, helped people to acquire skills or met a specific unmet demand for emergency food in the community. All applications were scored and ranked by a broad panel of officers, ensuring a good mix of activities across the city and covering all of the objectives/criteria of the fund. The Food Poverty Fund supported 19 organisations with grant funding ranging between £5,000 up to £50,000.  

Real Food Wythenshawe – is an ambitious five-year programme to engage and excite the people of Wythenshawe in growing and cooking fresh, sustainable food. With a grant of £1,000,000 from the BIG Lottery Fund, Real Food Wythenshawe is a large scale programme which will reach as far across the community as possible. Real Food Wythenshawe want to make Wythenshawe an exemplar for how food projects in the 21st Century could be, so alongside their many community activities, Real Food Wythenshawe will be building and running innovative indoor food growing systems and stimulating discussion around sustainable urban food production. Working in partnership with Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, Real Food Wythenshawe have been successful at drawing down over £45,000 from the Manchester City Council ‘Food Poverty Fund’ to develop a long term strategy to address food poverty in 12 pilot areas across Wythenshawe. The approach will include a central ‘hub’ to deliver a Trussell Trust model for food banks, a central base for support and advice service and a base for educational programmes on food and cooking. A broad and successful Wythenshawe ‘Food Poverty Group’ drives this activity forward for Wythenshawe.

Hulme Community Garden Centre – is a unique community-led inner-city horticultural project. It is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring the community together through gardening.

See also Feeding Manchester – a network of sustainable food projects in Greater Manchester