About

FoodWise Leeds is a city-wide campaign managed by Leeds Food Partnership which aims to unify, promote and celebrate the people, projects, organisations and businesses that deliver good food work across Leeds.

It addresses the growing problems of health inequality – especially malnutrition, obesity and food insecurity – while supporting local food businesses and reducing environmental damage in the production, trade and consumption of food – with a strong emphasis on the reduction of food waste. FoodWise Leeds also celebrates good food by promoting food growing, as well as developing cooking skills and the enjoyment of eating healthy food.

FoodWise Leeds is driven by an Action Group with representatives from across the food system that lead, or directly contribute to, the campaigns and projects in the Leeds Food Action Plan by promoting the adoption of the Leeds Food Charter, which shares the vision of food in Leeds and sets out a number of goals to help us all address food related issues.

“People of Leeds should have reliable access to sufficient, appropriate, and healthy food, which is safe, affordable and sustainably sourced.”

A Constitution is currently being drafted.

Key personnel:

OrganizationRole and Responsibility
Sat Mann (Lean Lunch)Chair
Lead on Food Business Engagement
Susie Brown (Zest)Vice Chair
Lead on Cooking Skills & Veg Cities
Professor Les Firbank (University of Leeds)Lead on Environment and Sustainability
Andrew Critchett (Ground Up)Ex Chair
Food Business Engagement
Sonja Woodcock* (SFC Coordinator)Admin / Secretariat. Facilitate development, setting and agreeing of goals and actions, monitoring delivery against agreed goals and actions
Emma Strachan (LCC Public Health)Lead on health and wellbeing (link to LCC Adult and Health Directorate)
Karen Smith (LCC Catering Leeds)
Tom Bliss (Feeds Leeds)Lead on Food Growing
Dave Paterson (Leeds Food Aid Network)Lead on Food Poverty
Kevin McKayFood Revival CIC and Rethink Food.
Gareth Batty (Fareshare Yorkshire)Support and provide solutions re food insecurity. Representing network of 70+ Leeds groups using food. Bringing national learning & solutions to local issues.
Siobhan O’Mahoney (LCC Health and Wellbeing Service)Lead on food and healthy eating in schools (including food policy), share relevant information with schools.

*funded by Sustainable Food Cities and the University of Leeds / N8 Agrifood project. LFP is supported by, though not funded by, Leeds City Council.