This week the Council was presented with an award for the Most Improved Borough in the Good Food for London Report 2016.
The annual report is a league table and series of maps illustrating how boroughs are performing against a number of sustainable food initiatives. In 2015, Sutton was 14th in the league table, this year the borough has moved up to joint 6th place with Camden Council.
Image: Katrina Lloyd (Senior Sustainability Office, LB Sutton) and Rosie Boycott (Chair of the London Food Board that oversees implementation of the Mayor’s Food Strategy)
Performance in the report is driven through the Sutton Food Forum. The forum was set up in 2014 and is a partnership between the Council, local organisations and the voluntary sector. The forum meets quarterly to discuss sustainable food projects and monitor progress against the Local and Sustainable targets within One Planet Sutton.
Key achievements reported this year include:
- Sutton Food Forum has achieved Sustainable Food Cities Status, one of only 8 boroughs in London to do so.
- Progress is being made by schools within the Healthy Schools and Food for Life programmes.
- The council has achieved full marks in the Community Food Growing category due to the inclusion of community food growing spaces in the draft Local Plan.
- Sutton has achieved full accreditation for the UNICEF Baby Friendly initiative, one of only 11 boroughs in London.
- The Fairtrade Community Group have maintains the boroughs Fairtrade status for its commitment to Fairtrade products.
- The Sustainable Fish Cities pledge was signed by the borough on behalf of the 32 schools who have brought into the school meals contract.
- Sutton has achieved two silver food for life catering marks, one of which is for the 32 schools who have brought into the school meals contract.
- Sutton has achieved the Good Egg award for its purchase of cage free eggs, in the school meals contract and also in the food purchased by the council (e.g. meals on wheels service and meeting refreshments) as well as the lunchtime refreshments sold to staff.
The performance above isn’t down to one organisation, but the variety of organisations across the borough taking action to support the provision of good food across the borough. The progress is great news for both the council and our partners which we are keen to promote as widely as possible.