Food Futures is a city-wide strategy and programme to improve the health and sustainability of food in Manchester. It is coordinated by Public Health Manchester based within Manchester City Council and is a broad partnership of public and private sector and communities. The mission within Food Futures is to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of Manchester residents through concerted action by a range of agencies to make local food better, healthier and more accessible.
Some the the current projects: “Growing Manchester”-programme supports new and existing community food growing projects to ensure that local people with an enthusiasm to grow can access the training and support their project needs to succeed.
“Food Poverty Fund” made £500,000 available to voluntary and community sector organisations to provide emergency food alongside a broader package of support and activities that addressed some of the longer term causes of food poverty in Manchester. Administered via a grant programme, Manchester Council specifically welcomed applications that aimed to improve health outcomes for residents, helped people to acquire skills or met a specific unmet demand for emergency food in the community.