Our work

Following consultation in the community and with key stakeholders, we have created a 3- year Good Food Strategy to establish priorities and direct our work. You can find out more about the strategy and our work on this page.

Good food strategy

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The Good Food Strategy shows the direction of travel for the local food system in Arun and Chichester.

The Food Partnership works to enable, develop and coordinate work collaboratively. We will continually monitor and evaluate, trial and support existing and emerging projects to meet the outcomes under each strategic theme, working towards our shared mission to make good food accessible to all.

Our strategic themes are:

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Household food security

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Food that is good for the planet

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Food that is good for health

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Food that creates, reflects and celebrates communities

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Food that is good for our local economy and creates local resilience

Working across these themes, our work to date has involved:

  • Bringing communities and organisations together to facilitate partnership working.
  • Setting up local networks to encourage tailored responses to local issues.
  • Raising awareness about important safety nets and provisions.
  • Mobilising funding for community groups to strengthen their response to the cost of living crisis.
Food strategy

Work areas include:

Events and outreach

Holding and supporting various events to bring communities together over good food, such as the Petworth Good Food days, an intergenerational community meal in Bognor Regis and community outreach across the districts to capture local residents’ views on what is wanted and needed in their neighbourhoods.

Raising awareness

Raising awareness of the Healthy Start scheme through working with Public Health to produce leaflets and posters for community settings, embedding information about the scheme into core Citizen’s Advice Benefits training, providing training sessions for frontline groups and producing a bite-sized training video.

Building connections

Linking frontline community food providers with advice services to provide advice directly at settings, supporting people to increase their income and reduce reliance on emergency food.

Distributing grants

Designing and administering a £40,000 grants programme for community groups to increase the amount of free food they are able to provide during the cost-of-living crisis.

Developing projects

A partnership pilot with social prescribing teams to increase access to community food growing spaces in areas with high health inequalities. This is part of a wider project to widen participation in community food growing and increase confidence in growing your own food.

Exploring ideas

Exploring ways to increase access to good food and support in isolated rural communities.