Public Health and Feeding Liverpool

Feeding Liverpool – Good Food, Our Food

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Feeding Liverpool developed the Good Food; Our Food photo exhibition. Sharing powerful stories of what good food means to cultural communities across Liverpool.

Since 2021 Feeding Liverpool have been working with cultural communities in Liverpool. The aim- to answer the question “what does good food mean to you?” They heard how the traditions surrounding cultural food are important to wellbeing. It builds on our sense of shared identity, community, and heritage.

Feeding Liverpool worked with local Photographer Emma Case, to develop the Good Food; Our Food photo exhibition. It showcases photos and stories from individuals and families within our local communities. This included members of Pakistan Association Liverpool, Chinese Wellbeing, Refugee Women Connect, Merseyside Polonia, Liverpool Irish Centre, and Irish Community Care.

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Young people and food citizenship

Feeding Liverpool hosted workshops with young people to explore themes of food citizenship. Working to develop young people’s confidence to use their voice to speak out for change.

Feeding Liverpool want to enable young people to have the power, voice, resources, and motivation to shape their local food environments and the food system as a whole. Their workshops provide young people with the opportunity to explore what ‘good food’ means to them. They can identify the barriers they face in accessing good food. They learn to articulate how they would like food systems to change in the future.

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Over 200 people joined the launch of the exhibition in May. Community stalls included, a cooking demonstration run by members of the Ukrainian community. There was also a choral piece by members of Chinese Wellbeing. This event encouraged community cohesion through bringing together and celebrating cultural communities.

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So far, the exhibition has toured 7 community venuesPeople from all walks of life have had the opportunity to engage with art. They have learned about and celebrate the different traditions and cultures surrounding good food.

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We supported young people become more politically aware and engaged in issues of social justice related to food security.

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31 young people aged 8-15 from four Holiday Activities and Food Programme providers, Al-Ghazali Centre, Croxteth Gems, Central Youth Club and Walton Youth and Community Project, attended workshops throughout the summer.

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Through the workshops they produced a collection of photographs, collages and artworks which will be available for display as part of the touring Good Food; Our Food photo exhibition.

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Through photography, collage, and cooking, the young people produced their own definitions of what Good Food means to them. They gained photography skills to document their Good Food activities. They created their own demands to improve our food systems.

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It was great working with Feeding Liverpool. The sessions were engaging and important; they highlighted politics, food poverty, wastage and health.

Walton Youth and Community Project

“We are incredibly honoured to partner with Feeding Liverpool and Emma Case on the launch of Good Food; Our Food. Having access to culturally appropriate food is a necessity shared between all community members, universal to their country of origin. We are pleased that together we can support and advocate for wider community groups who found home here in Liverpool and Merseyside. We are such a welcoming city and this event is all about Scouse hospitality and all of our neighbours who chose this city to call home.”  

Dagmara Wojciechowicz

Merseyside Polonia