Food and Health Inequalities

Food and Health Inequalities

This sub group covers a wide range of topics that affect our communities, from emergency food provision to high levels of childhood obesity. The group looks at what food means to you personally, to food and your family, food and your neighbourhood, or food and the city.

This year, group members have chosen to focus on food poverty. Food poverty covers: access to nutritious food, acceptability and adequacy of food, and feeling of security in the longer term for the individual. Food poverty can be experienced in different ways by different people. Food Poverty is a symptom of overall poverty, and therefore must be viewed alongside other things such as: employment, housing, education and skills. It’s a tough cookie to crack, but we’re taking the challenge head on!

Here is the group’s Action Plan.

Green and Urban Spaces for Food

 Some feedback from our first meet-up networking session

Some feedback from our first meet-up networking session

This sub group is about greening the grey; from established parks to guerrilla gardens. The group aims to increase the number of growing spaces across the city, and the number of people who get involved in them.

Food Portsmouth is currently working with Fratton Big Local to establish the Fratton Global Garden, bringing people together from different cultures to grow edible plants and learn new skills. They will also run an after-school gardening club.

Members include:

  • Landport Community Garden,
  • The Community Allotment,
  • Stacey Centre Orchard,
  • Somerstown Adventure Playground, 
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust,
  • Portsmouth and Southsea Tree Wardens

Here is the group’s Action Plan.