Calls for expression of interest
We are calling for proposals to help people in our communities access healthy food in a way that is convenient and affordable, particularly where there are gaps in provision. We want to reduce food insecurity.
Within our neighbourhoods, many people and families often struggle to access affordable, convenient, and healthy food. In the most extreme cases people are unable to afford food at all.
Low costs supermarkets are convenient for many but are not accessible for everyone, and whilst takeaways offering convenience foods are prevalent, they are often unhealthy.
Within Manchester, a wide range of local community projects exist that are helping to support people in need to access food. However, these often rely on surplus donations of food and most are inaccessible to families who are in work, yet remain financially and time poor.
Having met with and talked to a range of local partners, we believe that more coordinated approaches to community food projects can help ensure more people in our communities don’t go hungry, or compromise their health to access low cost foods.
We will consider supporting initiatives anywhere in our areas
However, we are particularly interested in projects that provide services and support that meet local needs and address gaps in existing provision, e.g. where access to convenient, healthy and low cost food is poor.
We believe that food projects can provide an opportunity achieve other benefits for people and our communities. We want to support projects that:
We are particularly interested in proposals that involve more than one organisation as we want to promote more joined up approaches to these issues.
We are interested in supporting and testing approaches that have the potential to be financially viable and sustainable in the longer term, not projects that rely on ongoing grant subsidy and donation.
We want to support projects that are accessible to people who are in work, with consideration to how food offers can be accessed in evenings as well as other times of day.
We are seeking expressions of interest from now until 9:00am on Monday 30th March 2020.
We welcome applications from partnerships that are led by Social Enterprises and Businesses. We want to build on the work of some of the existing projects and organisations that share our aims.
We will review all proposals received. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to discuss their ideas further. We will seek to establish funding and grant agreements as appropriate where suitable projects are identified.
Manchester City Council is working on the delivery of a family poverty strategy
One Manchester commissioned FoodSync to conduct a review into the food related actions and interventions connected to One Manchester and their relative effectiveness and reach within the Manchester community. This extract provides some examples of food projects from elsewhere.