Greenwich

Royal Greenwich scores top spot in Good Food for London league table

Published Tuesday, 07 November 2017

The Council demonstrated leadership on healthy and sustainable food.

The judges considered 11 wide ranging criteria including food culture within schools, the use of sustainable fish, promotion of Fairtrade and community food growing.

Greenwich was awarded an overall score of 88 per cent, six per cent higher than the runner up, while two-thirds of London Councils (23 of the 32) scored less than 50 per cent.

See the full league table on the Good Food for London website

Good food borough

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has been consistently recognised for its work to make Greenwich a good food borough and help residents eat healthily as well as being an accredited Living Wage employer, a Fairtrade Borough and a member of Sustainable Food Cities.

Many local organisations and businesses have signed up to the Healthier Catering Commitment to make it easier for residents to choose healthier options when eating out and are taking steps to sign the Local Government Declaration on sugar reduction and healthier food.

Good eating habits

The Council is also making sure that good eating habits are formed from an early age by encouraging eight schools in the borough to sign up to Food for Life and commit to serving healthy school meals.

We have 62 schools in the borough registered with the Healthy Schools London scheme which recognises schools that are helping their pupils make healthy choices.

Of these, 27 have achieved the bronze award, 15 have achieved silver and four have achieved gold. The majority of schools and other sectors within the borough serve sustainable fish, cage-free eggs and higher welfare chicken, dairy and pork.

Earlier this year, Greenwich became the first London borough to achieve Unicef UK Baby Friendly accreditation for the care and support it provides to pregnant women, new mothers and families in children's centres, health-visiting services and maternity services.

The Greenwich Food Poverty Needs Assessment was also highlighted as an example of good practice in understanding food poverty.

'Leading the way when it comes to healthy and sustainable food'

Cllr David Gardner, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: "Coming top of the Good Food for London league tables is recognition that the Council and its partners are leading the way when it comes to healthy and sustainable food.

"We are proud that our initiatives are making such an impact and we will continue to work hard to make it even easier for residents of all ages and backgrounds to eat healthily and affordably."

Find out more about the Council's work to promote healthy and sustainable food (Livewell Greenwich website)