COMMUNITY RESILIENCE FUND
The pandemic has revealed a food system which is struggling to meet its basic purpose: providing a stable supply of nutritious, good food to those who need it. People deserve high quality fresh produce regardless of their incomes. We need a new food system which is resilient in the face of crisis and can help. It needs to be able to directly connect growers and food producers to those in need of food security. It needs to be locally rooted and democratically controlled, to avoid the shocks an internationally oriented food system is vulnerable to, make best use of the popular response to crisis that characterised the early days of the pandemic and to empower people at every stage of the food system.
With funding from the National Lottery’s Community Fund, the Landworkers’ Alliance, the Independent Food Aid Network, and Community Supported Agriculture Network is aiming to connect food producers with food justice projects to provide good, high quality produce to those that need them. These are projects which aim to empower the recipients of food aid and incorporate them into the management of the food system and to encourage the sharing of knowledge between agroecological food producers and deprived communities. This is a project which aims to build a food system which helps create bonds between members of the community, empowers individuals to make decisions over their lives and environments, and is based on solidarity rather than charity.