How to raise awareness about sustainable food and use it to engage?
Food has always been a binding ingredient for local communities. URBACT cities have developed specific approaches to engage with citizens, and more particularly with children in schools. Community engagement is an underlying component of many municipal programmes focusing on changing food behaviours through education and transitioning towards more sustainable food consumption.
Exemplary city cases of Food Community elements are:
- Specific activities for children: Waiter for one day and Cooking workshops with a chef, Rosignano Marittimo, Italy (coming soon!)
- Positive Food Family Challenge, to support families in changing their consumption habits, in Mouans-Sartoux, France (coming soon!)
- Educational farms in Cesena, Italy
- The Stewardship Program, to involve residents in the maintenance of informal public green spaces of Hegyvidék district in Budapest, Hungary
- Workshops with children of kindergarten and primary schools in Loures, Portugal
- Local urban gardens transforming a relatively small and ignored area into a buzzing active hub in Thessaloniki, Greece
- Beyond Europe, exchanging on community gardens as a tool to fight against food insecurity due to Covid-19 with Latin America, RU:RBAN
- The development of idea gardens to foster community building, exchange and resilience, in Vilnius, Lithuania
- Development of step-by-step guide for setting up a Community Garden in Krakow, Poland
- Ecological education in Bydgoszcz, Poland
- The Bees Educational Programmes in Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Food challenge for families in Brussels, Belgium
- Community food initiatives in Abergavenny, UK