Food Resilience Toolkit

Food Resilience Toolkit

In Leeds, we want to provide people with pathways to food independence, whatever their situation.

FoodWise Leeds has collaborated with food aid providers to co-produce the Building Food Resilience Toolkit. This Toolkit offers practical help to frontline workers, volunteers and organisations providing or looking to provide food aid to people experiencing food insecurity. 

It provides an overview of options available for people who require support to access food, and signposting advice to help organisations in Leeds explore people’s longer-term food options and deliver effective food aid provision.

The Building Food Resilience Toolkit is divided into three sections:

  1. Food aid provision and resilience
  2. Signposting to services that can offer support
  3. Information for food aid providers.

The Toolkit seeks to establish a city-wide approach on how to provide compassionate, practical support to people experiencing food insecurity and aims to build resilience, so recipients are less likely to need support in the future.

Our Toolkit contains advice on emergency and crisis support and helps create pathways to independence

Food Resilience Workshops

In March 2021, we held a workshop with food aid providers to gather their insight and experience of providing emergency food provision during the pandemic. In April 2021, we held a second workshop and heard from food aid providers and how they are transitioning their community food offer away from crisis support towards building food resilience and a more sustainable, longer-term offer including food pantries, clubs, recipe stations and more. Both webinars are available below.

Webinar 1 March 18th This session provides an overview of food aid provision in Leeds and introduces the concepts of food resilience and food citizenship.

Webinar 2 April 21st In this webinar we hear from Food Power, Fareshare Yorkshire and Rethink Food. We also learn about specific projects including New Wortley Community Centre, Health for All, Family Action, BARCA, Inn Churches and Holbeck Together.