London Borough of Croydon

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WATCH our Food Flagship video – Keeping the legacy alive!

FREE - Croydon Schools’ Marketplace

Come and support Croydon pupils at the Schools’ Marketplace where they will be selling produce they have grown and made.

You can snap up some great value fruit, vegetables, herbs, plants, chutneys and more. Don’t miss out!

Date: Tuesday 11 July 2017.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.30pm

Venue: Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, CR9 1ET

For more information about this event, please email laura.flanagan@croydon.gov.uk  

or call 020 8604 7459

Open Day at the Community Food Learning Centre (CFLC)

The CFLC in New Addington is inviting residents from every part of Croydon to come along to its open day on Sunday, 17 September 2017 and find out more about what they do.

There will be food growing activities for families, a tour of the site and centre, plus refreshments on offer.

CFLC is run by the charity Good Food Matters and the site is based in 1.5 acres of bio-diverse green space with a large eco-built, fully equipped, accessible teaching kitchen, two large wooden traditional greenhouses and an amazing world food polytunnel.

Good Food Matters worked with Croydon’s Food Flagship programme to set up cooking and food growing courses at the CFLC. Three in four of the residents who attended the cooking course reported now eating fewer takeaway meals.

One participant commented, “I was drinking six to eight Red Bulls a day, along with my son, and mainly eating takeaways. I have now made quite a few changes to my whole diet and feel a lot better in myself, both mentally and physically.”

Find out more on the CFLC website.

Food Flagship reaps bumper crop of health benefits

The Mayor of London’s food adviser, Rosie Boycott, has hailed Croydon’s Food Flagship programme a success for helping the borough’s schools, residents and businesses tackle the obesity epidemic and eat more nutritious meals. Read more about the achievements of the programme and the flagship’s legacy plans.

Pop-up Healthy Food Zone

A pop-up healthy food zone, run by budding local entrepreneurs opened outside Croydon College in early 2017.  The Food Flagship programme arranged for the business owners to receive free training from the Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency (GCDA), which has expertise in the areas of health and sustainability. The course, specifically set up for healthy food businesses, covered the fundamental elements of running a food business, including financial planning, sourcing produce, and managing food production, as well as marketing the business.

The first food and drink outlets trading at the pop-up food zone include Joe+Santini Coffee, Brown Shuga Dumplin, Chilli Station, Eat Me Baking and VietVan - owned by supermodel Kate Moss’ brother Nick and his partner. Other businesses are set to join the food zone in the coming months.

Find out more about Croydon’s pop-up healthy food zone.       

What's on your plate?

Have you seen the new interactive Eatwell Guide? It shows how much of what you eat overall should come from each food group. You can use it to help you achieve a healthy, balanced diet. You don't need to achieve this with every meal but try to get the balance right over a day or even a week.

Good food links Croydon with towns and cities nationwide

Croydon is part of a pioneering national food network that shares innovation and best practice to stem the rise of preventable health problems. The Sustainable Food Cities Network seeks solutions to issues including obesity, diet-related ill health, food poverty and waste, climate change and biodiversity loss, and declining prosperity. Croydon’s role at the Network is an opportunity to improve the nation’s relationship with healthy foods. To help address some of the social and economic issues that can lead to poor health outcomes. Read more.

 

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