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Who We Are

Making Local Food Work began life in 2007 to help people to take ownership of their food and where it comes from by supporting a range of community food enterprises across England.
Handmade BakeryMaking Local Food Work, led by Plunkett Foundation, pooled the expertise of six partner organisations - Co-operativesUK, Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), Country Markets Ltd., FARMA, Soil Association and Sustain to help communities gain access to good, fresh, local produce with clear origins. Over the past five years it has supported:

  • 1,558 community food enterprises to be more sustainable, helping

  • 7,289 producers;

  • 10,033 volunteers;

  • 6,623 employees,

  • reaching 3.8 million customers. 

You can read more about the impact our work had in an independent report conducted by SERIO at Plymouth University here

Who we are today

Although the programme ended in June 2012, our work was so successful that further funding was secured in order to continue delivering some support to communities. This includes:
•    Specialist enterprise support
•    Legal and governance training and advice
•    Development of local food systems
•    Cultivating networks of community food enterprises to help them collaborate and learn from each other.

Over the course of five years many resources, tools, reports, case studies and knowledge was gathered, and we’ve shared all of this with you. Use the links on the left hand side to have a look through the closed projects, find out what we learnt, and use our tools and resources section to browse our knowledge bank. If you’d like any information about how we can help you contact us by emailing info@makinglocalfoodwork.co.uk or calling 01993 810730.


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