Matthew 25:35 “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat

Last year saw the launch of a series of online Community Conversations to help promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals locally to show how our work enables us to ‘think global and act local’..

We got to hear from a range of local practitioners on their work, challenges and approaches in helping tackle and lift local people experiencing financial hardship out of poverty and provide a safety net. This included the work of  SOFEA, Weston Favell Food Bank, The McCarthy-Dixon Foundation, KCU Limited, Power of the Mind, Food4Heroes and The British Red Cross.  We heard from our donors, friends and trustees on why tackling poverty is a key priority and the importance of the role of the Northamptonshire community foundation in providing funds as a place-based grant maker to community groups and charities which are on the frontline of working with residents who are living on the sharp end of poverty.

Each Community Conversation will provide an opportunity to come up with an initial action plan to improve activity and work in helping achieve each UN SDG by 2030. You spoke and we listened. As a result these are the next actions we will be taking to support work on achieving zero hunger locally. This is our commitment to you.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation commits to the following actions to help achieve UN SDG 2: Zero Hunger in Northamptonshire:

Funding: we will commit to funding projects that cover a broad range of issues tackling hunger including food insecurity, access to nutritious food and food waste; we will reach out to fund projects that support the most vulnerable such as those being supported who have no recourse to public funds and projects that promote diversity, equity and inclusion such as projects providing culturally appropriate foods.

Partnership work and campaigning: we will continue to facilitate Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network and support and collaborate with other local food aid partnerships to campaign and raise awareness to tackle the stigma around local residents experiencing food poverty.

Reaching the most vulnerable people: we will support via our ongoing partnership work such as Community Resilience COVID-19 cell network to help fund projects that are identifying and  working with the most vulnerable residents in Northamptonshire who may be struggling to access affordable and nutritious food.

Keeping Zero Hunger on the local agenda: we will continue to influence and lobby local and national government through our work and partnerships to ensure there remains a meaningful long term focus on tackling food insecurity with sustainable solutions.

The recorded Community Conversation can be viewed again on our YouTube channel here to see how we are ‘thinking globally and acting locally’. To read Jorden’s blog on UN SDG 2 Zero Hunger please click here

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