Published: Monday, 7th March 2022

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has been recognised for its efforts to tackle food insecurity in a new report by London Food Link.  

As a Council we are committed to making our borough a great and healthy place to live – but for many families fresh food and drink is simply unaffordable.    

We work to make sure that households have access to nutritious food all year round, from free holiday meals for school children during half-term, to advice and support for families about nutrition and budgets.  

We also support local businesses to provide good food to residents, encourage food growing across the borough and have included food within our ambitious Carbon Neutral plan. 

The independent Good Food for All Londoners report, published by London Food Link, part of the food and farming charity Sustain, reviews how councils are taking action on food on two key themes: tackling food poverty, and ensuring residents can buy and eat healthy and sustainable food.  

Out of the 28 councils who responded to survey, we have been recognised as leaders for our work on food poverty, our cash first responses to food insecurity, our support for people with no recourse to public funds, and for promoting Healthy Start and the Holiday Activities and Food Fund.   

We have also been praised for demonstrating joined up leadership on healthier food environments, good food economy, and food growing.  

Councillor Miranda Williams, Cabinet Member for Health and Adults Services, said: “It is encouraging to be recognised for our hard work, but at the same time this is not cause for celebration as it stems from the fact there are thousands of residents living in poverty in our borough.   

“Sadly, we know how difficult getting access to good food can be for residents living below the breadline, and the cost of living is rising. We are always looking for new ways to support households in need, and as we recover from the pandemic we will be sure to continue to make tackling food poverty a priority.”   

You can read the report here.