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New food development role

Published Friday, 25 May 2018

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This week we have further underlined our plan to combat food poverty.

At this week's meeting of the Community and Enterprise Resources committee, members agreed to the recruitment of a new policy officer for Food Development.

Alongside pilots being undertaken by Education Resources, of school breakfast and summer holiday lunch clubs, this post has been created to ensure that food initiatives are delivered in a comprehensive way, and co-ordinated with the council’s partners.

Amongst a number of initiatives proposed, the new officer will oversee:

  • Development of a community food plan and council food forum
  • Enhancement and support of both the council’s allotment strategy and food strategy
  • Investigation of a council food procurement partnership, allowing the sourcing of more locally produced food from local communities

Councillor John Anderson, chair of the committee, said: “Food is essential to our health and survival; it is at the heart of our economy, shapes our environment and helps form our cultural and social lives.

“Unfortunately, community food initiatives across Scotland are increasingly responding to demand from people experiencing the most severe effects of food poverty.

“However, balancing that need for short-term food provision with creating sustainable change for people experiencing food poverty is a rising challenge across Scotland.

“The council has been active on food issues including improving hygiene standards in restaurants, implementing a new food waste collection service to recycle food waste, and running healthy eating and nutrition programmes.

“The creation of this post is a further demonstration of our commitment to tackling food poverty in South Lanarkshire to promote the good health of all our residents, and to ensure that the way we produce, consume and distribute our food has minimal negative impacts on the environment. Nonetheless these ambitions cannot be delivered by the Council alone and our further aim for this new position is that it provides a link to working more closely with partners such as the Scottish Government, NHS and third sector organisations.”