The Mayor’s Fund for London hosts the London Food and Wellbeing Summit
The London Food and Wellbeing Summit took place on 2 November at London’s City Hall. The event presented an opportunity for providers, youth organisations, funders, local authorities and young people to come together to share learning and knowledge. Most importantly, it showed how we can work together to ensure that every young Londoner’s family has access to nutritious food.
The cost of living crisis and scale of food insecurity in London means that many players are active in this space, demonstrated by the vital initiatives and partnerships already operating across boroughs.
The summit brought together the ideas, learning, and opportunities from these partnerships and initiatives. Together, attendees agreed on ways of working together in the future, identifying what else needs to happen to help tackle food insecurity in the immediate crisis and beyond.
The event was participatory, with ideas and insights from those in attendance encouraged. A range of contributors joined us to share their experiences – including delivery organisations, policymakers, funders, researchers, and young people.
Representatives from across the food and wellbeing sector joined Mayor’s Fund for London team members on stage for various panel discussions, ranging from co-designed solutions to the cost of living crisis’s effect on young people. Sessions included:
- The cost of living and impact on young people (with Poverty and Inequality Commission Scotland, the Greater London Authority, Biteback 2030, Trust for London, and The Felix Project)
- The power of youth voice and codesigned solutions (with League Leaders, Northumbria University’s Healthy Living Lab, and National Lottery Community Fund)
- Importance of youth and community spaces to reach communities (with London Sport, Liverpool Hope University, London Youth, and Biteback 2030)
- Food as part of a broader wellbeing offer (with Les Mills International, Berkeley Foundation, NHS, The Dusty Knuckle, and The Childhood Trust)
Patron of the Mayor’s Fund for London and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, sent a message to attendees reminding them of the scale of the challenge facing young Londoners – you can watch his message below.