We recently provided funding for organisations in three local authority areas to support our pilot learning collaboration project. The aim of this project is to support increased collaboration locally and to make a difference across all three of our Community Food National Reference group’s priority areas of work. These are: supporting ‘cash first’ responses to poverty (instead of food aid); supporting the social aspects of good food; and aiming to ensure affordable good food is available for community organisations.
The three organisations that have been awarded funding are: Propagate CIC, who are supporting the development of a community food network in Dumfries and Galloway, which will feed into the local Sustainable Food Place in the area; Perth and Kinross Council, who will be building the capacity of local community food groups to promote cash first responses to poverty; and Outer Hebrides Social Economy Partnership, who are developing a social enterprise that aims to increase access to affordable food for local people and community organisations across Lewis.
The three organisations will be reporting back to us in the summer, and we hope to share what they learn with you.