Tackling Food Poverty in Sleaford and Surrounding Villages

It is easy to think that food poverty is concentrated in our cities and metropolitan areas. It is not, of course, and some of the most deprived wards in our county are on the coast and in our rural areas. 

Sleaford New Life Community Larder is addressing these needs in North Kesteven District, offering a three-day supply of food and other items to around 1,300 people a year. Running since 2008, the Larder has secured a number of awards for its community work. 

The Larder is supported by volunteers and is stocked entirely by donations from local businesses, schools and churches. Food donations are made up into food parcels, and gifts of cash are used to buy perishable items such as milk, bread and toiletries. 

Acknowledging the dispersed nature of rural food poverty – it is sometimes difficult to get to food bank centres from remoter rural areas – the Larder is sometimes able to deliver food to the door of those without access to transport or a local shop. 

The Larder receives referrals from local agencies and these have increased nearly ten-fold since the Larder began. If you would like to support the larder through donations or volunteering, then do contact them through their web site:

communitylarder.co.uk 

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The All Party Parliamentary Group on the National Food Strategy

The APPG on the National Food Strategy, chaired by Jo Gideon, MP for Stoke on Trent, had its fourth meeting on  25th May to consider the way in which part 2 of the National Food Strategy might embrace the development of urban food systems, the support for rural communities, and how ‘good food’ jobs might be developed. The LFP was there.   ItContinue reading “The All Party Parliamentary Group on the National Food Strategy”

Food from the Other Side of the World?

The Tariff-free trade deal with Australia being offered at the end of May, split Cabinet over food. Environment Secretary George Eustice was concerned that  because of scale of livestock farming in the Antipodes, UK farmers could be undercut.   Whilst these differences have been patched up in Westminster, the National  Farmers Union is concerned that hundredsContinue reading “Food from the Other Side of the World?”

The Future of Seed

Seed sovereignty is about growers being able to produce and have control of their seeds – by saving seed from the crops they grow, selecting the strongest and most suitable seeds for breeding, and exchanging seeds freely with others. Sounds simple, right? At the moment, almost all commercial seeds are F1 hybrids. The seeds thatContinue reading “The Future of Seed”

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