Plymouth Food Equality Project is talking to people and communities in Plymouth about food

We are running participatory workshops across Plymouth to find out about local and individual experiences of food in Plymouth so that relevant solutions can be found.

Sitting within Food Plymouth Healthy Food for All and Good Food Movement SFP strands, The Food Equality Project seeks to ensure diverse voices and experiences are included in future and strategic planning for food for Plymouth.

Participatory Workshops and Creative Approaches

Since 2019 the Plymouth Food Equality has been running creative and interactive workshops for various groups across Plymouth: Stonehouse, Barne Barton, North Prospect and Plymouth Youth Parliament.  We are currently working in partnership with Fotonow CIC to deliver online creative and digital skills workshops to young people at Barnardos and LiveWest.

We have had conversations about the affordability of food, the quality of food, free school meals, emergency food provision. Using creative approaches such as collage, zining, photography and audio recordings we have captured these conversations to share more widely.

Sharing our Creative Outputs

We have gathered together creative work made by participants at these workshops, which describe individual experiences of and perspectives on food.

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During Covid 19 we shifted our creative model online and ran a series of collaborative collage workshops. These provided space for people to share their experiences of Covid and hopes for a better future for the food system.  These sessions were recorded and made into three audio visual pieces, view here:

Current activities

We are working with young people in Plymouth in partnership with Fotonow CIC. We are running digital skills and creative workshops so young people can share their experiences around food.

Between now and May Food Equality Project and Food is Fun CIC are holding a city wide People’s Assembly consultation process to gather a wide range of perspectives and voices to help us plan for the future.

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“The Food Equality Project has been an exciting community focussed project, supported by a range of city-wide partners, that has used creative methods to engage people to share their food stories. Using such creative approaches (with food as a topic) can be a fun and engaging way for people to share their important lived experiences. This process is an important step towards working out community-led solutions to some of our pressing current food justice issues.”

Dr Clare Pettinger, University of Plymouth

Poverty in Plymouth Facts

  • 11500 children are living in poverty in Plymouth
  • Numbers of individuals and families accessing the local Food Bank are increasing
  • Around 19% (8,000) of children aged under 16 years old are living in low income families in Plymouth
  • Life expectancy is 8.0 years lower for men and 6.3 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Plymouth than in the least deprived areas.
  • The roll out of Universal credit in Plymouth is predicted to affect approx 32000 people in relation to what they can afford to buy

Partners who are in Food Poverty Alliance:

We welcome new partners! – if you would like to get involved in our Food Poverty theme of work then please contact us