Back in October 2016, the University of Cambridge approved the The Environment and Energy Department’s new Sustainable Food Policy. The policy, now being implemented in all University Catering Service cafes and outlets, is already generating positive change.
CSF’s campaign to create a sustainable food hub for Cambridge is continuing to generate a great deal of interest throughout the city and beyond. Very positive progress has been made in developing the numerous partnerships necessary for the Food Hub to deliver the level of impact envisaged for it.
However, the most exciting bit of news to report is that a site for the Food Hub has now been found! The location is Hinxton Grange, about five miles south of Cambridge.
We are delighted to say that we have been successful in our application to Sustainable Food Cities for a £10,000 grant to appoint a coordinator for one year. 11 such awards have been made, with money from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and we are very grateful to both Sustainable Food Cities and to Esmee Fairbairn. A condition of this money was that we raise another £10,000 in match funding and we are enormously grateful to the 8 individuals and businesses who enabled us to reach this target.
It was so great to see so many faces, old and new, at the launch for the Cambridge Sustainable Food Pledge and Award Scheme at the University Centre on the 2nd March. The afternoon was a great success, and following the Award’s successful pilot scheme last year (with funding from Cambridge City Council), we hope that this new edition of the Food Pledge and Award Scheme is as successful as the launch event.