LFP aims to celebrate good food, and contribute to city priorities by addressing health inequalities – including malnutrition and obesity, reducing food poverty, supporting local food businesses, and reducing the environmental impact of the production, trade and consumption of food, with a strong emphasis on the reduction of food waste. Also by promoting growing, cooking skills and the enjoyment of eating healthy food.

LFP seeks to work inclusively with all sectors of the local food system, including producers, processors, caterers, retailers, outlets, education and community groups.

A Board in the the process of creation. For now the shadow board includes:

Leeds Food Coordinator* Sonja Woodcock, Voluntary Action Leeds, Leeds ACTs

Professor Les Firbank, University of Leeds Chair of Sustainable Agriculture

Emma Strachan, LCC Health Improvement Specialist (Food and Nutrition)

Andrew Critchett, Fish&

Dave Paterson Leeds Food Aid Network

Dom Charkin, Zest Health for Life

Tom Bliss, Leeds Beckett University and Feed Leeds

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

LFP was initiated by Leeds City Council, University of Leeds and Feed Leeds (which continues to champion food growing and related activities as an LFP partner) along with food organisations across Leeds to promote a new strategic approach to sustainable, healthy and affordable food in the city. (See the Food Audit page for the research which led to the creation of the LFP).