Lewisham Food Strategy, Lewisham, England, UK

City/Town/Village: Lewisham
County/Province/District (Name of): n/a
Sub-national State: n/a
Country: England
Language: English
Spatial Distinction: Urban
Level of Government: City; Other
Population: 275,885
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Type: Plans
Food Systems Sector(s): food acquisition, preparation and consumption; food and organic waste management; food production; food retail
Year of Adoption: 2006
Adopting Government Department(s): Lewisham London Borough Council
Lead Implementing Entity: Lewisham London Borough Council
Supporting Entity: The Lewisham Food Strategy Group
Additional Supporting Entity: n/a
Funding Amount: n/a
Funding Sources: n/a
Policy Links: PDF-Original – Web
Link to Additional Resources: Resource 1
Policy Outcome:

Because of the prevalence of high rates of obesity and diet-related ill health among the population, Lewisham council prepared the Food strategy for the region. The policy focuses on five major themes. (i) Food Access: increase people’s access to healthy food(especially the vulnerable population), raise awareness on food access, promote local food growing and food businesses. (ii) Food in Schools: improve school meal quality, increase access to healthy school meals, and increase the number of schools in the program. (iii) Food, nutrition and health: increase knowledge around nutrition, reduce under-nutrition and obesity, improve oral health (iv) Food Sustainability: reduce energy consumption, waste management, and promotion of fair trade. (v) Food Safety: Reduce food poisoning and increase awareness of food safety and food hygiene. In 2016, Lewisham council started the Good Food Lewisham Initiative that helped place Lewisham as one of the bronze winning sustainable food cities in the UK.

Policy Keywords: children; composting; consumption; education; food access; food safety; food strategy; food waste education; health; healthy food; hygiene; malnutrition; nutrition; nutrition education in schools; schools; strategy; sustainability; waste management