Feeding Stockport

Feeding Stockport Co-ordinated by the Kindling Trust is a combined programme to make Stockport a more Sustainable Food City. Here in Stockport, our work will centre around working towards a more fair, economically, environmentally and healthy food system. This will look towards growing Stockport’s fledgling sustainable food sectors, utilising Stockport’s assets such as its greenspace, the community, local enterprises and businesses with the backing of numerous partners such as the Council, Local Housing, NHS, Leisure and Culture.

There is some fantastic work already happening across the borough by many and we aim to connect these groups bringing together innovative ideas, enterprise, knowledge and skills in order to enable consumers to have access to good quality, fairly priced, local food whilst ensuring the economy is buoyant, environmental factors around growing, food production and post-consumer activities like recycling have been addressed and we act to promote health and wellbeing of our communities through this work.

Current projects

Identifying and supporting sites for community growing and efficient utilisation of greenspace around urban areas in Stockport. Stockport Council have provided 12 new community orchards in addition to this Mossbank Homes have identified two key areas for community growing enterprises.

Mapping and increasing the commercial food growing/farming opportunities around Stockport in the rural districts. Land has been identified for Stockport’s first Farm Start initiative for 2015.

Supporting and encouraging the increase of food co-ops, community and business enterprises around food. Stockport Homes supported by FareShare North West and CASU Greenman have set up Penny Lane Pantry which serves over 200 people in one of Stockport’s priority areas.

Increasing the diversity, appeal and vibrancy of Stockport town centre’s food offering by working with Stockport Council’s Regeneration and Planning team.

Developing a programme to support public and private sector with sustainable procurement, food production and sales. This will look at areas such as sustainable fish, animal welfare, local and seasonal buying and the balance of recipes and menus to ensure this is economically viable and supports the nutritional needs of their consumers. Partners currently include Solutions SKFood for Life and Sustainable Fish Cities.

Stockport Food Inquiry - Ourlife are carrying out a deliberative enquiry on food, including real and perceived barriers to healthier eating in central neighbourhoods.

Stockport Market has been working on a retail-led food strategy for some time including encouraging traders to know and display the provenance of their produce to help shoppers to understand the benefits of shopping local and shopping seasonal. The Market also runs Foodie Friday @SMBC_Markets #Foodie Friday on the last Friday evening of every month showcasing independent, local food and drink with entertainment provided local bands and acts.

Supporting work in priority neighbourhoods tackling food poverty through food banks, innovative ways to get affordable food into priority neighbourhoods and work with vulnerable groups.

The Stockport NHS FT Food, Nutrition and Health Service are a small team of experts delivering Healthy Eating programmes to Stockport residents, especially in low income areas, that include: Cook Your Weight to Health courses, Cook & Taste courses, Fruit & Veg referral scheme, Recipe Bag scheme, Weight Drop-ins and opportunity to gain accredited RSPH Healthier Foods qualification.

Stockport has been a Fair Trade Town since 2003.