Lancaster District Food Justice Partnership (LDFJP) Working Group

The Lancaster District Food Justice Partnership (Formerly Food Poverty Alliance) was first convened in June 2018, when various organisations came together following the Sustainable Food Cities (now FoodFutures) Re:Fresh event where food poverty was raised as an important local issue.

Since then the Partnership has grown and now encompasses a wide range of organisations drawn from key public sector authorities, third sector organisations, charities and faith groups.

The LDFJP meets monthly and feeds into FoodFutures quarterly partnership meetings and wider sustainable food work.

The LDFJP’s core purpose is to advocate for and implement changes that contribute towards reducing the number of people in the district that are affected by food poverty. They are working to deliver a five-year action plan that seeks to create a district where everyone is well fed and nourished. 

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.

Information about the Community Hub will be added soon

Information about Stanleys Community Centre will be added soon

Information about the Poverty Truth Commission will be added soon

Information about Lancaster District CVS will be added soon

Information about Public Health will be added soon

Information about The Olive Branch will be added soon

Information about Eggcup will be added soon

Information about Lancashire County Council will be added soon

Information about the Morecambe Bay CCG will be added soon

This group meets on the first Tuesday of each month.

This group’s two year priorities:

Secure funding
  • For a full-time coordinator of the Lancaster District Food Justice Partnership to build on and grow collaboration across our food support network.
  • To develop accessible referral pathways to be used by agencies, organisations and communities across the district to signpost different food support options.
  • To develop the food ladder approach for the district to join up different levels of the food support system from crisis food support to food clubs and pantries, to the wider network of sustainable, community food initiatives.
Map surplus and affordable food
  • Identify opportunities across the district to maximise food available. Identify optimal redistribution networks for this food.
Raise the profile of:
  • The LDFJP with local communities, businesses, institutions, health sector and others, creating opportunities for local investment and support of the diverse food support network in the district.
  • Training that covers: tackling food insecurity; cooking on a money/energy/time budget; cooking seasonally from scratch; setting up a community food club; recognising signs of food poverty; and signposting to support pathways.
Annual activities:
  • Develop case studies that highlight good practice around access to healthy food – feeding into FoodFutures magazine, food columns, blogs, videos and campaigns.
  • Host conversations around food poverty to enable communities and those with lived experience to shape local food support work.

Read our 5 year Action Plan

LDPFA Action Plan (click the image)

1-Page Summary (click the image)

How to get involved

If you’d like to speak to us about our work and how you can get involved, please email a member of our team:

  • Jeni Meadows, Community Development Worker – jeni.ldfjp@outlook.com
  • Rachel Tyrrell-Smith, Partnership Co-Ordinator – foodpovertyalliance@lancaster.gov.uk

Or 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/

Food Poverty Resources

Aims to strengthen the ability of local communities to reduce food poverty, through solutions developed in partnership and with the support of peers from across the UK.

Check out activist and writer Jack Monroe’s work and recipes for cooking on a budget

Find out more about how to set up a food buying group with friends or neighbours

Case Studies

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