Food Strategy

Bradford Council and its partners have worked collaboratively to update the Bradford District Food strategy, the reason for this update is due to Bradford residents taking an increased interest in food production and consumption as concerns rise over links between our food, the environment and health and it will highlight the issues within these areas.

Cllr Dave Green, Bradford Council's executive member for regeneration, said: "The Food Strategy promotes environmental sustainability; food security; economic prosperity; fair trading and the health and well-being of all residents. Bradford Council has been cited as a pioneering example of good practice for improving the nutritional value of school meals to over 200 schools while maintaining low costs; for our Scores on the Doors scheme ensuring good food safety and hygiene in the district's restaurants and around 100 people a week learn to cook at our Ministry of Food centre since it opened two years ago''

The Council will act as a civic lead to this agenda and will encourage/influence departments where it can to, for example:

  • involve individuals, community, voluntary sector, food retailers and industry and statutory agencies 
  • education in food growing and increase space to grow food 
  • create sustainable food chains 
  • create better food choices that will benefit our health and well being

The Food Strategy aims to support and encourage local sourcing of food to reduce food miles; cut food waste and increase local food production to support the district's growing population.

The food strategy will enhance links in public health, sustainability, community development, education and waste prevention and other areas. It also will help to meet the outcome of the Council's Community Strategy:

''OUTCOME 3: Bradford’s people experience improving good health and wellbeing, irrespective of their community, background or neighbourhood.'

Bradford District Metropolitan Council holds the position as a community leader and through this can implement the strategy through its time and resources.

For more information see the full documents on this page. You can also view the food strategy video

The bwhatyoueat website has been developed as a result of the food strategy to promote local food initiatives and local food production within the Bradford District.

The aim is that bwhatyoueat will become a hub of information for all food related information within the Bradford District, whether you are looking for information on healthy eating to advice on growing your own food.

Local community groups, organisations and food producers are able to sign up to the website to become listed in the searchable directory and food related events within the Bradford district can also be listed such as farmers markets.

To find out about food initiatives in the Bradford district click www.bwhatyoueat.org.uk

Good Food Advice Stall

Bradford Council has taken a 15 month lease on a market stall in Bradford's Oastler Market, as part of the Bradford district Food Strategy.

The stall will be transformed into a Good Food Advice Stall, to deliver training and advice on everything from growing your own vegetables to preparing healthy recipes to disposing of food waste in an environmentally friendly way.

Various organisation will be delivering the sessions including Bradford Council, NHS, Ministry of Food and Bradford Community Environment Project.

The stall was officially launched on Friday, 15 November 2013 with live cookery demonstrations, health checks and a special bike that makes smoothies.

There will be a programme of drop-in events and activities at the Good Food Advice Stall over the coming weeks and months which people are invited to come along to, to find out what's on when go to www.bwhatyoueat.org.uk/events/

If your organisation would like to run an event at the stall or you would like more information about the Good Food Advice Stall please email eccu@bradford.gov.uk

Good Food Award

Bradford’s Good Food Award Scheme was launched in August 2013. It is a partnership initiative between Bradford Council and Trading Standards. The award rewards and promotes takeaways across the Bradford districts that are committed to offering healthier choices on their menus. It is part of a “Call to Action on Obesity in England” laid out in the “Healthy Lives. Healthy People” (2011) which aims to target food businesses as part of a local responsibility deal. Business are scored on how healthy their cooking methods and menus are.

Businesses with a food hygiene rating of 3 stars or above can be part of the award.