Launch of new food campaign for Bristol

Main image Joseph Turp. Courtesy of Bristol Bites Back Better.

Food organisations have helped communities during the pandemic. Above: Free meals being prepared for local families at Square Food Cookery School this year.

A new campaign starting in Bristol this week will empower local people to create a food system to ‘nourish the city’ into the future.

Bristol Bites Back Better – which launches during the second week of national lockdown – aims to give everyone a way to participate in the city’s food system – beyond their weekly shop.

It will give residents, organisations and food businesses the chance to get information, share ideas, and hear stories from across the city.

Bristolians are being encouraged to discover how we can all use food to improve physical and mental health, build a stronger local economy and protect the environment as well as celebrate the city’s cultural diversity.

The organisations behind the new scheme are Bristol Food NetworkBristol Green Capital PartnershipBristol City Council and Resource Futures.

The partnership hopes to see Bristol recognised as a Gold Sustainable Food City in spring next year.

The campaign is also supported by sponsors Essential Trading, GENeco and Lovely Drinks.

Several of the lifestyle changes which the Bristol Bites Back Better campaign recommends have become a typical part of lockdown life for many people.

These include growing food at home, cooking more meals from scratch and making the most of the food we have – as well as finding ways to support local food businesses. 

Image Joseph Turp courtesy of Bristol Bites Back

The new scheme will also be piloting a programme to connect younger people with food in their communities, involve them in decision-making and teach them life-long skills.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Asher Craig, said: “In a year marked by uncertainty, the one thing that touches all our lives is food; how we access it, and how we experience it in our families and communities.

“Bristol is a pioneering city when it comes to sustainable approaches to food, but not everyone has had the opportunity to participate in the conversation about what good food means to them, or to share their thoughts on what changes they would like to see to make food in our city better in the future.

“With Bristol Bites Back Better, we’re inviting everyone in the city to explore how food can make our lives and our city better, and to hear from communities across the city about how they’re using food to get through these times.” 

Access to food has been a particular focus for Bristol during the pandemic, with over 125 community organisations involved in the emergency food response. 

For more information and resources visit the Bristol Bites Back Better website. Individuals and organisations are also being encouraged to share their own insights and stories using the hashtag #BiteBackBetter

New visitors to the website will be in with a chance of winning £25 of local food shopping when they answer two short questions before 15 December 2020.