We are Lewes District Food Partnership and we bring people, communities and organisations together to create better food systems for everyone. Sustainable food businesses, local growers and producers, emergency food providers, food waste activists and social eating spaces – we connect the dots.
Lewes District Food Partnership is funded by East Sussex County Council and Sustainable Food Places. We work in East Sussex alongside four other district & borough level food partnerships in Wealden, Eastbourne, Hastings and Rother, and our work feeds into a county wide food strategy.
Set up in 2020, we are housed by Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) as part of their food security service.
Our place based work has connected stakeholders from Lewes District Council, Brighton and Sussex Universities, Plumpton College, local community food organisations, food businesses, growers, third sector and voluntary organisations.
Our steering group has been meeting regularly since June 2021 to set out and develop its vision and aims for the future and to identify short and long term priorities.
Our six priority areas are:
- How can food organisations build community wealth?
- What are the links between food & other essential living costs – how can we ensure a joined up approach during the cost of living crisis?
- How can we move beyond foodbanks and develop a sustainable approach to tackling food insecurity?
- How can we engage farmers & producers to work towards more sustainable methods that promote bio-diversity, soil health & nutrient rich food?
- How can connections be fostered to promote community growing, cooking & eating?
- How can schools become community hubs for the development of a good food movement?