Conference Event Programme for Attendees

10am  Welcome and introductions from Reverend David Maher, Church of the Good Shepherd, Cambridge

Food Power

This four year programme works with local communities across the UK to strengthen their ability to reduce food poverty and tackle its root causes. Food Power’s goal is to transform the way that people in food poverty access support and create long-term, sustainable lives that are free from hunger. Critical to this aim  is engaging local people and alliances, giving voice to those experiencing food poverty, influencing practice on the ground and levering in additional resources. Simon Shaw, Food Power Programme Coordinator, UK will present what is happening in other cities and across the UK.

A local Authority perspective

Cambridge City Councillor and director of Cambridge Sustainable Food, Katie Thornburrow will talk about what the City Council’s plans are, the new Sustainable Food policy and work on Poverty and Isolation.

Presentation of Report on Food Poverty in Cambridge

Sam Dyer, Cambridge Sustainable Food Partnership Coordinator will present this newly published piece of work that gives a snapshot of food poverty in Cambridge.

Diversity in our City

Ariadne Henry, Equalities and Diversity officer,  Cambridge City Council puts food poverty in context regarding equalities and diversity and explains how access to food can hit some people harder than others.

Group discussions

What aims should the Food Poverty Alliance be working towards?

11.10 Workshops

  1. Ensuring children’s access to food 365 days a year

Healthy start vouchers Maddie Guerlain from Food Power

Holiday Lunches David Maher Church of the Good Shepherd

  1. Community responses

Foodcycle Alex Collis Eastern Region Foodcycle Coordinator

Cookery Workshops and Community Fridges Sam Dyer, Cambridge Sustainable Food Partnership Coordinator(

Cookery and Womens groups: Luthfa Khatun, Cambridge City Council, Assistant Community Development Officer


  1. Emergency provision:

Food banks and beyond: Fairbit

e and Cambridge City Foodbank, Jon Edney and Margaret Saner

Wintercomfort Rachel Newell, Social Enterprise Manager

Emergency Food provision: Signposting toolkit  Katie Shortland, Cambridge Sustainable Food


  1.  Economic and Structural issues

CLAS ( Cambridgeshire Local Assistance Scheme) Gerry Cano  CLAS project Manager, Cambridge Housing Society

A Living Wage Helen Crowther, Equality & Anti-Poverty Officer, Cambridge City Council

Advice and Universal Credit Leisha O’Brien, Foodbank Support Liaison Officer, CAB


12.00  Lunch

12.45 World Cafe:  Question: What actions should be included in a Food Poverty Action Plan for Cambridge?


1.45 Next steps and close Anna Smith, Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Communities

2pm  Close.