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January 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.
Edible Edinburgh Online Event - Tuesday 16th February, 2.00 - 3.30pm
The Edible Edinburgh partnership is hosting its first city-wide food network event (online) on Tuesday 16th February, 2.00-3.30pm. Following its recent restructure, Edible Edinburgh plans to host a series of themed food network events throughout the year, for anyone that has an interest in Edinburgh's food system and wants their voice to be heard. The first event will be focused on putting good food at the heart of Edinburgh's green recovery. The event will hear examples of successes from other Sustainable Food Places Network members and explore the challenges and opportunities in Edinburgh. The event is open to individuals, food organisations and businesses that share an interest in working across all aspects of the food system to solve some of today's most pressing, social, environmental and economic issues. To ensure the event is manageable online places are limited. You can find out more and register to attend via Eventbrite here.
Edinburgh's Food Power Alliance
Edible Edinburgh is the city's named Food Power Alliance, led by the partnership's Health working group, chaired by Edinburgh Community Food. The partnership received grant funding from the Food Power for Generation Covid initiative to deliver a project that ensured children and families have access to food during the Coronavirus crisis. The project saw the distribution of 900 food hampers in December and January to 460 families, including 964 children, via local partner organisations including Fresh Start and Pilton Community Health Project, across the city's four localities. The food hamper contents equated to over 50,000 individual meals. The hampers included fresh produce, pantry essentials and long life products, and other content including recipes, food hygiene information, children's activities and sanitary products. An interim report shows 55% of families experienced a loss of income with 39% of families reporting a drop in their working hours or loss of employment as a result of the pandemic. The partnership are now exploring project ideas that will contribute to Edinburgh's longer-term local food resilience as part of their ongoing work with Food Power. Food Power for Generation Covid is delivered by Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming and Church Action on Poverty.
Edinburgh's Food Growing Strategy 
The Edinburgh Food Growing Strategy consultation has now closed. Thank you to everyone that responded and to the organisations that held public engagement events around the consultation. The next steps will be to analyse the consultation responses and draft a final strategy for Council Committee approval in April. Once approved, the Food Growing Strategy will be published on the Edible Edinburgh website and via the City of Edinburgh Council. Please keep an eye on the Food Growing Strategy page of the Edible Edinburgh website for the most up to date news.
Edinburgh University Joins the Peas Please Initiative
Fantastic news this month from the University of Edinburgh, who have now joined the Peas Please initiative! Peas Please aims to bring together farmers, retailers, fast food and restaurant chains, caterers, processors and government departments with a common goal of making it easier for everyone to eat veg. The University of Edinburgh is increasing the amount of vegetables it serves to encourage students and staff to eat an extra portion per day. You can find out more details about the university’s commitments to pledging more veg and other ways they are making food more sustainable here. 
Edinburgh Food Project: Mental Wellbeing Survey
Our partners at Edinburgh Food Project have secured funding through the Scottish Government Empowering Communities Fund, to deliver community based mental health and wellbeing support for food bank clients.  Based on the concept of 'co–production' the project will invite staff, volunteers, support agencies, mental health professionals and food bank clients to come together to influence the way these services are designed, commissioned and delivered. Due to the pandemic, the project has been adapted to contact individuals and organisations by telephone and ask them to complete a questionnaire.  These will be evaluated by Health in Mind, and a decision taken as to what services Edinburgh Food Project will trial, over a three-month period. To make sure there is a balanced and accurate representation of both current services across the city, and any identify gaps in provision, the project needs to engage with as many individuals and organisations as possible. Organisations are being asked to please complete the Support Agency and Mental Health Professionals Questionnaire (it only takes a few minutes). It would also be incredibly helpful if organisations could identify and ask clients to complete the Client/Service User Questionnaire as well (either independently, or with support).
If you would like to share your news, events, projects or stories in our newsletter, please get in touch.

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