Welcome to Local Food
Local Food is a £59.8 million programme that distributes grants from the Big Lottery Fund to a variety of food-related projects that are helping to make locally grown food accessible and affordable to local communities.
Local Food is now closed to all new applications, but you can keep up to date with all our news here on the website.
Click on the box to the left to read the latest updates from our funded projects, or click here to read and leave your comments on our new Local Food team blog.
You can also keep up with us on Twitter and Facebook by clicking on the links in the box on the bottom left, read our latest news below, or sign up for our enewsletter.
Local Food Recognition Awards
Are you a Local Food funded project? If so, you are eligible to enter the Local Food Recognition Awards 2013!
Click here to find out more – but hurry, the closing date for entries is Monday 3rd June!
Local Food: 101 inspirations & aspirationsA recent academic evaluation of the Local Food programme found that it is building communities and improving lives in many different ways, by supporting hundreds of projects around the country (see links below).
But we've also been busy asking the people involved in the projects what it is that inspires them about the Local Food programme, and what their aspirations are for the future.
Take a look at 101 things that inspire people about Local Food, and 101 aspirations for the future to read a selection of short comments from the people on the ground who run our projects day to day, who have the local insight and hands-on expertise to inform their views about the Local Food programme and its future.
Local Food - More than just the vegAt an event at City Hall in London on 18 October, we launched the interim findings of an academic evaluation of Local Food.
The report, called "More than just the veg - Growing community capacity through Local Food projects", shows how Local Food projects are going beyond their aim of making local food more accessible and affordable, and are building community capacity across England.
At the event, delegates saw three films which demonstrate how Local Food is growing community capacity by building material capacity, building personal capacity, and building cultural capacity. Click here to see them, and join the discussion on our Twitter page #morethanjusttheveg. You can also read more about the event, including a summary of key comments, by clicking here.
Local Food's Big Review
Take a look at 'Local Food's Big Review', our online community which is built up entirely of Local Food projects. From farmers' markets to allotments, beekeeping to a community cafe, this inspiring landscape will give you a taster of the areas and projects where Local Food is having a positive impact.