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‘Hugely deserved’ award for Eastbourne

The Eastbourne Food Partnership CIC has been recognised for its work to promote healthy, sustainable and local food, tackle food poverty and diet-related ill-health, the disappearance of family farms and the loss of independent food retailers.

The Sustainable Food Places Bronze Award is a national recognition of the partnership’s many projects and achievements across the borough.

Johnny Denis, Coordinator at the Eastbourne Food Partnership, said: “I’m delighted for the Partnership and looking forward to building on this awesome achievement for such a new organisation.”

Projects include ‘Good Food Movement’, which celebrates expertise in the community, ‘Grow a Row’ inspiring local gardeners to grow food for their local community and ‘School Food Beyond the Canteen’, which encourages a good food culture at home with parents, pupils and teachers from Shinewater Primary School.

Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, who is a member of the Eastbourne Food Partnership, said: “This award is great news and hugely deserved. The way different organisations, including Eastbourne Borough Council, have worked together to develop projects to bring about a greater understanding of food poverty and food sustainability, at the same time as providing practical support to achieve the aims, is a source of considerable pride.

“We mustn’t forget that Eastbourne has its own significantly disadvantaged areas and has been recognised in having the busiest foodbank in the country.”

Leon Ballin, Sustainable Food Places Programme Manager, added: “The Eastbourne Food Partnership has helped to set a benchmark for other members of the UK Sustainable Food Places Network to follow. We look forward to working with them over the months and years ahead to continue to transform place’s food culture and food system for the better.”

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