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Partner Organisations

The Food Co-ops and Buying Groups project is being co-ordinated by Sustain. In the first two years of the programme we were working in partnership with a number of other organisations listed below:


London Food Link is a project of Sustain that runs a network of organisations and individuals who care about sustainable food. Both London Food Link and its members work towards: increasing the availability of sustainable food in London, tackling the barriers preventing access to healthy and sustainable food for all Londoners and protecting and celebrating London's diverse food culture. London Food Link is already in touch with many food co-ops in the capital and has organised many events in the past, bringing together co-ops and other partners to share good practice and information on current opportunities.

Somerset Community Food is a not for profit company that aims to educate people in Somerset in all aspects of food production, distribution, preparation and consumption. It has been engaged in promoting and supporting food co-ops for several years and local food (both organic and non-organic) is used in many of the food co-ops. The food co-ops have also been involved in trying out different ways of raising awareness of health and environmental sustainability issues.

The Food Chain North East (FCNE) Community Interest Company was established in August 2004 as an independent company that emerged from the North East Land Links project. The aim of the company is to facilitate better access to fresh affordable fruit and locally grown vegetables for disadvantaged communities in the North East. Food Chain currently supplies fresh produce and provides support to over 45 community food projects across the North East region involving in excess of 100 volunteers. Wherever possible the company aims to supply local produce.

Newham Food Access Partnership (NFAP) is a well-established and experienced partnership consisting of local authority, Primary Care Trust, East Potential, Community Food Enterprise and Aston Mansfield, as well as members from community sector. Previous projects managed by NFAP have included a 5 A DAY project with retailers and, more recently, research on food access and older people.

Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency (GCDA) is a social enterprise development agency serving the diverse communities of Greenwich. The key function of GCDA is the promotion, development and support of the co-operative/social enterprise sector as part of local sustainable economic development. GCDA has helped to develop a network of community based food initiatives, including many food co-ops, in order tackle health inequality through sustainable activities to improve access to healthy, affordable food across Greenwich.

f3 is a co-operative Community Interest Company, established in 1999, with a track record of over 130 projects to support local and sustainable food enterprise, for government agencies, local authorities, private sector businesses and community groups. f3 members specialize in enterprise development and many run their own local food enterprises. Greg Pilley is a founder member of Stroud Community Agriculture, a co-operative community based enterprise, a member of a wholefood co-op based in Stroud and director of Stroud Brewery.

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