Tai Calon is a key partner in the Blaenau Gwent Sustainable Food Programme. This is a Public Service Board sponsored project involving the Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Natural Resources Wales, the NHS and organisations such as GAVO and food banks.
Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the programme had been suspended since March 2020. Understandably, the focus of the NHS during this time has been elsewhere, helping ensure that local residents have been kept safe and well. The partnership will oversee the development of a food strategy and action plan for the county borough that responds to the social, economic and environmental needs of its residents. The plan, which will be based on consultations with communities, businesses and anchor institutions will cover all key food issues, including how to tackle food poverty and diet-related ill-health; how to build a prosperous and diverse local food economy; how to transform catering and procurement; positively support tackling the climate and nature emergency, and end food waste. It will lead to the development of an ambitious but realistic plan for changing Blaenau Gwent’s food system for the better, which will form the basis of a bid for two years of funding from the Sustainable Food Places programme to turn that plan into reality. Keep your fingers and veggies crossed please!