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Good Food in Greenwich launches

Food enthusiasts and local businesses show their support behind the pioneering project

By Kristian Brunt-Seymour

Tasty treats, mouth-watering morsels and healthy, hearty produce were all on show at the launch of a pioneering project, Good Food in Greenwich.

Food stalls, demonstrations, and live music featured at the free event held at West Greenwich House, marking the start of the project which is led by Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency, and supported by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, to build a fairer, more sustainable, healthier Greenwich.

The Good Food in Greenwich Network (Good FiG) network is a partnership of individuals, organisations and public sector bodies working together to promote healthier living in the community.

As part of the evening, local businesses pledged their support towards the project by signing The Good Food in Greenwich Charter, written by a few pioneering organisations and businesses to make their support in promoting good food in Greenwich.

Among those who attended the event and pledged their support to the charter were Drings the Butcher, GS+, The Little Greenwich Smokery, Casa Grande, Greenwich University Student Union, University of Greenwich, City Harvest Box Scheme, Hop Stuff Brewery and Care Grow.

Other organisations involved are Greenwich Community College, Aden CateringSustain, Charlton Athletic Community Trust, Fareshare, Hadlow College, Keats Organic, Trust Thamesmead, Visit Greenwich and several schools and voluntary groups from around the community.

Councillor John Fahy, Deputy Leader of Royal Borough of Greenwich, voiced the Council's commitment to The Charter and the process that they will start in early 2015.

As part of the scheme, the aim is to gather food from farming and supply systems that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment and promote fairness and enrich society and culture.

“We want Greenwich to be known as a great place for good food by all who live, study, work or visit here”, explained Claire Pritchard, Chief Executive of Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency, “Celebrating our rich diversity through vibrant food markets, festivals, catering and businesses we will grow, produce, prepare and share good food that is healthy, sustainable, affordable and accessible to all”.

To get involved follow @foodingreenwich on Twitter, email goodfig@gcda.org.uk, or go to: www.goodfoodingreenwich.org


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