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Glasgow Food Summit – first step towards a city-wide Food Strategy
The Food Summit welcomed a full house of over 150 delegates to the Glasgow City Chambers on the 29th May to discuss the future Food Strategy for Glasgow. The audience heard from world renowned experts, sustainable, local businesses and inspiring projects to set the scene for discussions about what should be included in the Glasgow Food Strategy. Glasgow Food Policy Partnership (GFPP), Glasgow Centre for Population Health and Glasgow Community Food Network (along with other GFPP members) will be working closely with the Glasgow City Council to decide the next steps towards making Glasgow a Sustainable Food City. We will keep you updated via newsletters and updates on the website. If you would like to get your views known, you can contact us via the GFPP contact sheet on our website:
You can find links to the event reports and presentations from the day here.
You can also read a Herald article about the Glasgow Food Summit here.

Best Start Foods coming to Scotland
Best Start Foods (BSFs) is designed to provide financial support to low income families to access affordable, nutritious food from a prescribed list, at the point of need.   Clients can apply from 12th August 2019 using existing BSG application process. BSFs will replace the UK government's Healthy Start Voucher scheme (HSV) in Scotland.  Existing HSV clients will be sent an invitation when it is time for their postcode area to migrate to BSF. Best Start Foods is made up of a weekly payment per eligible person as follows:
  • A Pregnant woman, a partner of the pregnant woman, or the pregnant woman’s parent or carer:  £4.25 per week
  • A Child (person responsible for the child), £8.50 per week from birth until the child turns one
  • A Child (person responsible for the child), £4.25 per week from one years old until the child turns three.
The payment will be delivered through a pre-paid card. The payments are made on a 4 weekly basis and paid in advance (i.e. pregnancy = £17, four weekly in advance). More details available after 12th August:

Glasgow City Council Environment Change Consultation
Earlier this spring, Glasgow City Council established a Climate Emergency Working Group to look at how the city should respond to the urgent need to reduce global carbon emissions and prevent major climate change.  It held an online consultation to gather information about actions for Glasgow to take. Response from Glasgow Food Policy Partnership can be found here.

One of the main points of feedback from the Food Summit was the lack of funding available for food related/community projects. Here are some ideas, but you have to act fast…
  • DM Thomas Foundation Central Grants Programme provide grants of up to £30,000 to registered charities for projects that improve education and health for young people in three key areas; Children and young people with disabilities; Children and young people who are sick in hospital; Children and young people who are life limited. The next deadline to apply to the is 23rd July 2019. More info.
  • The Asda Foundation is committed to developing stronger, better connected, sustainable communities across the UK. The Significant Local Community Projects programme allows colleagues to nominate initiatives that will make a real long-term difference, benefiting the wider community and transforming communities to improve lives locally. Grants awarded have previously ranged from £2,600 - £32,000. Any charity/good cause wishing to apply should first approach their local store or home office to see if their project is something that the Community Champion would be willing to support. Applications can be submitted at any time. More info
  • The Morrison’s Foundation (England, Scotland and Wales) offers grants to charities running projects that improve people's lives. Some match funding required, past projects have ranged from support groups to children’s hospitals and homeless shelters to hospices. Applications accepted on a rolling basis and there is no specific grant amount that can be applied for. More info.  
Topics for the Autumn newsletter
We are always on the lookout for local news stories relating to food. If you would like your project to feature in our Autumn newsletter, please contact:

Hope you will have a happy and fruitful summer (not forgetting about the veg) !


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