Who We Are

Our mission is to make sure that everyone can access good-quality, affordable food.

We are a Partnership of local organisations dealing with food and wider support, including Food Clubs, Foodbanks, Citizens Advice, the NHS, and District Council. Together, we are working to make it easier for people to get the support they need.

We are passionate about campaigning for changes that make sure fewer people live in food insecurity and need to use Foodbanks.

“Food poverty” is not a new problem, but it is a big one which often goes hand in hand with other struggles such as debt and low income. Our mission is to make food insecurity in our local area a thing of the past by directly addressing the root causes of poverty. This means putting food support at the beginning of the journey, not at the end.

Our 5-year Action Plan explains what we need to do to achieve our goal. You can read our Action Plan, and the work that went into creating it over the course of the Covid Pandemic, below.

Change can only be driven when our whole community comes together, which is why we’re proud to say that our Partnership is always growing. Learn more about the organisations that attend our monthly Core Group meetings by clicking on each name in the list.

Our 5 year Action Plan

LDPFA Action Plan (click the image)

1-Page Summary (click the image)

Food Ladders

Click the image to read about how we are using the Food Ladders approach to develop our communities:

Organisations in our Core Group

Morecambe Bay Foodbank has had a voice in our Core Group since the Partnership began, and quite rightly so! They are a crucial organisation in our food network and know the reality of food injustice better than anyone else, so their expertise is vital.

Morecambe Bay Foodbank was founded in 2012 and began as a partnership of local churches and community groups working together to combat hunger in our local area. They are part of the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network and are now based in their own building on Westgate in Morecambe. Over 90% of food distributed by foodbanks in the Trussell Trust network is donated by the public, and donation points for our Foodbank are available in Sainsburys (Morecambe and Lancaster), Asda, and Tesco in Carnforth.

If someone in crisis is referred to the foodbank, the team delivers a box of nutritionally balanced food that is designed to be as easy and energy-efficient to cook as possible. The foodbank can also provide toiletries, cleaning products, nappies and pet food to those who need them.

None of this could happen without the amazing team of volunteers, trustees and staff that run Morecambe Bay Foodbank. Like most foodbanks in the UK, the vast majority of work on the ground is done by volunteers, and everyone at the Partnership is incredibly grateful to each and every one of them for their continued support and dedication to their community.

Morecambe Bay Foodbank is such an inspiring organisation that we’re incredibly lucky to have as a member of our Core Group! You can find out more about them on their website – https://morecambebay.foodbank.org.uk/ – and follow the Food Justice Partnership on social media to stay in the loop about their activities.

Citizens Advice North Lancashire bring a vital wealth of experiences to our Core Group. They are here to provide everyone in our District with the advice you need, whether that’s advice about what benefits you can access, how to improve your housing situation, or what rights you have at work. Their mission is to provide an independent, impartial, confidential service that’s free at the point of delivery, giving people the advice they need for the problems they face. They also work tirelessly to improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives.

Our team at Citizens Advice North Lancashire is part of the National Citizens Advice network, which means they have all the combined knowledge of Advisors across the country, but they’re intrinsically familiar with our District and know all the best ways to use that knowledge to support our local residents. Partnership working is at the heart of Citizens Advice – while based in their Morecambe office, their staff and trained volunteers work remotely from outreach locations across the district like GP Surgeries and our local libraries so they can bring their services directly to the people who might need them. You might have seen them out and about in St Nic’s Arcade, the Arndale Centre, or Asda on a Saturday morning!

Because of all this, Citizens Advice brings a fantastic voice to our Core Group. They have their ears to the ground listening to the concerns of all our residents, and they are the engine behind much of our campaign work. They’re also instrumental in making sure that our work isn’t just about food – because, after all, the only way we’ll eradicate poverty is if we go straight to the source.

If you’d like to learn more about Citizens Advice North Lancashire, you can visit their website – https://www.northlancashirecab.org.uk/ – where you can also find general advice from both the local and national agencies, if you or someone you know needs it. And if you’re looking for a way to support your community, you can also apply to volunteer with them and receive structured and supported, fully accredited training to provide advice to people in your District.

The Community Hub was established at the beginning of the COVID Pandemic to make sure the City Council had a team dedicated to providing help and advice to our residents during such a difficult, confusing time. They’re now a vital part of the Customer Service team, and they’re here to answer your questions and support you with anything you need. They compile all things Resident Support into their portal on the Council website: https://www.lancaster.gov.uk/sites/community-hub – We’ve got a page about all the Food Clubs in our network there, too!

You might’ve seen the Community Hub out and about in public spaces throughout the District. While they have a regular presence in our Town Halls, they often set up a stand in our libraries, the Arndale Centre, St Nic’s Arcade, the big supermarkets, and at local festivals. They pride themselves on their flexibility, offering a face-to-face service and reaching out to our communities in order to provide support to those who need it most.

The Community Connectors are also part of our Community Hub. The Connectors’ job is to bring the City Council closer to the people who live and work in our District, and make sure that your voices are heard. If you’ve ever taken part in a Community Conversation, you will have met some of the Connectors there, and you might have seen them around in your local community centre or library. They love to learn about and publicise all the brilliant things our residents are up to, so if you see them, please stay and have a chat!

Everything the Food Justice Partnership does must be informed by what our residents want and need, because if we’re not doing that, we’re doing something wrong. That’s why the Community Hub is such a valuable member of our Partnership – they’re able to feed the residents’ voice directly into our meetings, and they support us in getting out there and talking to you ourselves.
If you’d like to learn more about the Community Hub and the services they provide, check out their online portal… or say hello when you next see them!

Stanleys Community Centre is the major hub of Morecambe’s West End, located right in the middle of Stanley Road. It’s a social centre run for the community, by the community, where anyone and everyone is welcome through the front door.

The weekly schedule is packed full of a huge range of activities and there is something for everyone: whether you enjoy dance and sports or arts and crafts, you need a bit of meditation and mindfulness, or you just fancy a cup of tea and a chat. Stanleys has developed each and every one of their sessions based on what the members of their community want to do, and the team are constantly listening to make sure that their activities grow as the needs and wants of their visitors change.

Stanleys is committed to supporting the youth of the local area, too, providing a safe space for children and young people to come after school to socialise and grow through learning and new experiences. Their experienced youth support team work closely with the young people to get to know them and understand their circumstances, so they can offer wellbeing support that works for every individual. Stanleys also provides their young people with the opportunity to make a difference in their community, and supports them in speaking up against issues that affect their lives.

Stanleys also hosts one of the longest-running Food Clubs in our district, and they keep the rest of the Partnership informed about the challenges that the food club network faces.
Through the deep connections Stanleys has made with their community members, we are able to hear and understand what our local residents are saying in ways that would never be possible without them. They keep us grounded and focused on the real needs of real people, and it’s absolutely essential that we never lose sight of that.

If you would like to learn more about Stanleys and find out how you can support them, visit their website – https://stanleyscommunitycentre.co.uk/ and for a fantastic example of the work that they do, check out some of their recent work with young people in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jyz_Cvz8bw 

The Poverty Truth Commission is a national network of local commissions that facilitate meaningful, transformative conversations between two groups of people: those who understand poverty through lived experience, and those who understand poverty from a local decision-making point of view. These two groups come together at each Poverty Truth Commission Launch Event, and from these develop personal relationships that sometimes last for years. The objective is to make sure that the work being done by local decision-makers (Civic Commissioners) is informed by the Experts with Lived Experience (Community Commissioners), so that services are designed by those who will use them.

The Morecambe Bay Poverty Truth Commission officially began in late 2016, with the first Launch Event taking place in July 2018. The first round had some incredible outcomes, with relationships blooming where they were least expected and perspectives changing across the board as the two groups of Commissioners listened to, and worked with, each other. Meaningful change has already emerged in the way our Councils and utility companies interact with their clients as a result of the Commission’s findings. Most importantly, the team has listened to everyone who took part and learned a great deal about how to improve the process for the second round, which officially launched in May 2022.

While the Poverty Truth Commission covers a great deal more than just food, their methods and practices have shaped the way the Food Justice Partnership operates since we were formed. One of our core values is that everything we do to support our residents must be developed with their experiences in mind, because they know what they need far better than we do. We’ll be the first to admit that we have a lot of room to improve the way that we do this – the Poverty Truth Commission will always be where we look to see how it’s done.
If you’d like to learn more about the Morecambe Bay Poverty Truth Commission and how you can support them, visit their website – https://www.morecambebaypovertytruthcommission.org.uk/

Information about Lancaster District CVS will be added soon

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Information about the Morecambe Bay CCG will be added soon

The narrative about the Cost of Living Crisis often forgets that real people's lives are being destroyed by it.

We are working to showcase the real impact that the Cost of Living Crisis is having on the people of our District. Click here to visit the library and listen to all the voices calling for change.
You are welcome to add your story to the library by filling out the form below.

How to get involved

If you’d like to speak to us about our work and how you can get involved, please email our Development Worker, Jeni Meadows, at  jeni.ldfjp@outlook.com

Visit Lancaster City Council’s Community Hub to find your nearest Food Club, and get in touch with them to see how you can help.

If you’d like to make a financial contribution to our Foodbanks, you can do so here:

morecambebay.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/

www.the-olivebranch.org.uk/donate/

Add your voice to our call for change by writing a letter to your local MP. Have a look at our guidance on how to do this by clicking here.

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