Throughout all of our work we campaign for a more fairer food system which is prioritises people and planet over profit. When Cracking Good Food was first established in 2010 the social and political climate was very different to that in which we now live and work. Over a decade of austerity policies, the decimation of public services, Brexit, a global pandemic, and a spiralling ‘cost of living crisis’ have left us in a completely landscape. Our services to support food security amongst some of Greater Manchester’s most side-lined communities are in greater demand than ever. The pressure on the often under-funded and under-resourced VCFSE sector to keep our communities fed, warm, clothed and otherwise supported is huge; conversely donations from the public are in decline as the cost of living crisis reduces disposable income.
At Cracking Good Food, we believe that everyone in this country, the 5 th richest in the world, should have the right to food security. When we talk about ‘food security’ we mean that everyone should have consistent access to nutritious food, which is dietarily and culturally appropriate, and sourced with minimal damaging environmental or social impact. The problem is not that there isn’t enough – in fact, the UK wastes 9.5 million tonnes of food each year, with the average household spending £470 per year on food which is then thrown away. There are plenty of amazing schemes which see surplus food repurposed and put to good use, including Fareshare and The Bread & Butter Thing. Whilst we are passionate about minimising food waste and making the most of every ingredient available to us, the redistribution of surplus created by a profit-driven and increasingly unstable food system does nothing to address the root causes of poverty and food insecurity.
It is clear that significant systemic change is needed at every point in our food system, but in the meantime we are dedicated to supporting people – especially those experiencing food insecurity as a result of poverty, homelessness or other complex disadvantages – to access, cook and enjoy good food.