Feeding Bristol are currently supporting Bristol City Council to develop a Food Equality Strategy and Action Plan that will be a roadmap and guide for addressing issues of food poverty, insecurity, and sustainability throughout the city. As part of the process in developing this plan, we would like to invite you to take part in a survey that will feed directly into this work. (Survey closes Friday 8 January.)

Why we need a Food Equality Strategy and Action Plan 

Bristol is a city that is shaped and connected by distinct neighbourhoods, often with poverty or deprivation ‘hot spots’ located next to some of the wealthier parts of the city. Across Bristol, there are currently 41 areas that are among the 10% most deprived in England – three of which are in the most deprived 1% in the country. In health terms, this equates to an estimated life expectancy gap of 9.6 years for men and 7.1 years for women between the most and least deprived areas of Bristol. We know that experiences of food insecurity reflect the patterns of deprivation in the city, and last year, 12.4% of Bristol residents living in the most deprived areas experienced moderate to severe food insecurity. 

Fast forward to 2020 and Covid-19 has shaken our city to the core, revealing cracks in the food system and intensifying experiences of hardship for many. While Bristolians have rallied together in response to the pandemic and the increasing need for emergency food provision; Covid-19 has raised the awareness of the pressing need to address food inequality in the city. 

Bristol has a seen an immense food response to the Covid-19 pandemic this year. Community, voluntary, statutory and private organisations have pulled together to help those who would go hungry otherwise. However, Covid-19 has shone a spotlight on food inequality in the city. In response, we must think longer term about securing a future where people in Bristol have access to affordable nutritious food and have the knowledge and skills to enable a healthy and sustainable diet. 

A Food Equality Strategy and Action Plan for Bristol will help to guide the city towards a fairer and more equitable food future. Its focus will be to address food insecurity, access, and poor nutrition in Bristol. In order to do this, we need to develop a shared vision of food equality with key stakeholders, which will enable us to work together for stronger, more coordinated action. 

We really appreciate your thoughts, comments and insights. You can participate at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4Faw92AuSzis1u1y9DwUZmM1XVycTkvd8IJPuTOuoOddzWA/viewform

The survey closes on Friday 8 January.