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The draft Warwickshire Food Strategy 2023 - 2026

Meeting: 18/04/2023 - Cabinet (Item 4)

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This report updates Cabinet about the proposed draft Warwickshire Food Strategy 2023-2026 and highlights the engagement that has taken place.


Cabinet Portfolio Holder – Councillor Heather Timms

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Councillor Heather Timms (Portfolio Holder for Environment, Climate and Culture) introduced the Warwickshire Food Strategy 2023-26 and delivery plan for approval.   She explained that oversight would take place through quarterly reports to the Warwickshire Food Forum, a partnership of organisations and voluntary and community sector groups concerned with the supply of food to vulnerable people. 


The strategy detailed the specific food challenges in Warwickshire drawing upon national and local data about food insecurity and diet-related ill-health.  She went on to explain that the strategy set out the direction for the next three years across the three priority areas of food affordability and access, food education and choice, and sustainable choices.  The delivery plan comprehensively set out the key actions and outcomes for Forum partners and Councillor Timms welcomed the strategy’s encouragement of community involvement and participation as well as how to increase cultural awareness of food. 


In response to a question from Councillor Jerry Roodhouse, Councillor Timms noted that Food Forum partners had been working with the Council prior to the cost of living crisis and confirmed that the strategy was evidence based and that the implementation of the delivery plan would also be evidenced. 


Councillor Isobel Seccombe applauded the work that had taken place to produce the strategy, particularly, around the sustainability of food.




That Cabinet approves the Warwickshire Food Strategy 2023-2026 as

attached to the report at Appendix A.