Bristol Food Union started as an informal collective of restaurants, food businesses, and community organisations that came together across-sectors to support independent food & hospitality, and help feed the city of Bristol during the Covid-19 crisis.
This unique collaboration brought together some of the city’s best independent restaurants, with local farmers, food retailers and community food projects, to support Bristol city council’s emergency food provision during lockdown.
We helped to organise Bristol’s restaurant community to get food to those who needed it most. We created secure production kitchens in closed restaurants around the city, and delivered a nutritious ready-meals service, which saw 12,000 meals supplied to frontline workers and vulnerable communities. We got weekly food provision boxes to 100 vulnerable adults that had recently left the foster-care system, and we helped to fund food-hubs in St Werburghs, Stokes Croft, and Easton. By the end of lockdown we had delivered food parcels to refugee families, young people, recently unemployed people and those shielding or disabled.
We are supporting the industry through campaigns like ‘No More No Shows,’ which saw 700 billboards go up across Bristol, urging the public to stop the damaging practice of failing to honour their reservations. In August we ran a campaign to encourage people to Eat Out to Help Out with local independents, distributing window stickers to independent food outlets across the city.
We have recently incorporated a new community interest company, with a board of non-executive directors to help further develop an organisation with a clear vision of how to build the good food economy we will need in the future:
Aine Morris (executive)