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November Newsletter
Welcome to the Edible Edinburgh newsletter. Edible Edinburgh is a cross-sector, city-wide partnership that aims to inspire and motivate everyone across Edinburgh to work together to build new approaches to food.
Our vision: Edinburgh is a city where good food is available and accessible for all, making for healthy people, thriving communities and a sustainable environment.
Edinburgh's Food Growing Strategy Consultation Launch
An online consultation has been launched to gather views on Edinburgh's draft Food Growing Strategy. Under the Community Empowerment Act 2015, all Scottish local authorities are required to produce a Food Growing Strategy for their area. The draft Edinburgh Food Growing Strategy, Growing Locally, was approved for consultation by Council Committee in February 2020. However, the consultation was paused whilst the Council responded to Covid-19. The consultation, launched on 27th November, is now live and will be open until 18th January 2021. The strategy will aim to tackle a range of environmental, health and wellbeing challenges by improving the food system. The consultation is asking for views on food growing, and on the role local food growing could play in supporting the city’s recovery from the impact of Covid-19. The Edible Edinburgh website will be publishing details of online consultation engagement events. Take part in the Food Growing Strategy consultation here.
Edible Edinburgh Food Network Event 
Save the Date! 16th February 2021
The Edible Edinburgh partnership invites you to join a virtual gathering on 16th February 2pm - 3.30pm to connect and celebrate the amazing work that our partners and other food organisations in the city have done this past year and discuss our future direction of travel. Further details and registration link will be communicated nearer the time. We hope you can join us and we look forward to celebrating with you. If you would like to share your organisations activities, please get in touch
Food Power for Generation Covid
The Edinburgh Food Power Alliance (Edible Edinburgh) has received a grant from the Food Power for Generation Covid initiative to ensure children and families have access to food during the coronavirus crisis. Food Power for Generation Covid is delivered by Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming and Church Action on Poverty. This grant is funded by Soccer Aid for UNICEF UK. The grant was secured by our partners Edinburgh Community Food, who will work with partner organisations to provide 420 households with two themed hampers, ‘Green Globe’ in December and 'Blue Planet' in January. Each nutritious hamper will provide a minimum of 14 meals for a family of 4 and be distributed and supported by hubs in the city's four localities via partners across Edinburgh. The project is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council. The 4-year Food Power programme aims to strengthen the ability of local communities to reduce food poverty and supports coordinated approaches to tackling food poverty in over 50 areas across the UK.
Transition Edinburgh South - 'Our Gracemount' Project
Our partners, Transition Edinburgh South, are delighted to have been awarded funding from the University of Edinburgh Community Grants programme for their new project ‘Our Gracemount’, working with the Department of Social Responsibility and Sustainability and the local community to promote new volunteering opportunities, and to develop the Mansion, stable block, community garden and local greenspace. Transition Edinburgh South are also recruiting staff and volunteers and aim to launch in January. For the most up to date information, take a look at their social media pages here.

Getting Good Food into Our Communities
Food for Life Get Togethers Network Event - 9th December
Join the Soil Association Scotland Food for Life team on 9th December for an online network gathering to hear how communities in Glasgow, Inverclyde and Edinburgh are using good food to connect people to support health and wellbeing. Our partners at Edinburgh Community Food and Cyrenians will be speaking about their activities across Edinburgh. Register here to attend.
Scotland Food & Drink Partnership Recovery Plan
Scotland Food & Drink Partnership have launched a new joint, industry and Scottish Government programme for Scotland's farming, fishing, food and drink sector. The plan amplifies and accelerates the core work of the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership, including recovery from Coronavirus and preparation for Brexit. Read the publication in full here.
  • The Health Foundation have launched a new funding programme to strengthen relationships between economic development and health. The Economies for Healthier Lives programme is open to applications until 15th January and is for local and regional partnerships, over three years, to use economic development activity as a mechanism to improve health and/or reduce health inequalities.  Partnerships will be led by a local authority or combined authority (lead partner). Further information is available here.
  • The Weir Charitable Trust has an emergency fund available for immediate use for Scottish-based community groups and small charities with an income under £125,000 for projects addressing loneliness and isolation; mental health support, food and fuel poverty, supporting people with additional support needs, young people and families facing financial uncertainty due to redundancy. Further details about eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found here.
If you would like to share your news, events, projects or stories in our newsletter, please get in touch.

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