As a charity, Food Exeter has a board of trustees who have ultimate responsibility to deliver our mission. (New website under construction, will have more information on trustees).
However, as our mission involves working closely with others, we work regularly with people from local organisations who share our goals, volunteers who undertake pieces of work for us and we engage with a wider range of individuals and organisations through our regular newsletter, Facebook and Twitter. This set of stakeholders is the Food Exeter Network
Any person, group or organisation with an interest in any aspect of food in Exeter can sign up as a member of Food Exeter Network. This means you will receive email updates on the progress of the Food Exeter Strategy, working groups and interesting food news for the city. There are no regular Network meetings but we do organise semi-regular network events.
Our working groups are set up to work on the detail of delivering our strategy priorities. They comprise people who each bring something to the table, and are willing to put in time and effort. If you are interested in joining any of the working groups below, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with some information about yourself and which working group you are interested in.
Our current working groups are:
Tackling food poverty in Exeter is one of Food Exeter’s strategic priorities. The Fair Access to Food Working Group has an important role to play because it is overseeing Exeter’s work as part of the national Food Power programme: tackling food poverty through people-powered change.
The Routes to Market Working Group is carrying out research and talking to stakeholders about ways in which more sustainable and locally produced food can be sold to more local people. This involves a range of issues, including talking to Exeter City Council about the need for a quality modern market space in the city centre, finding ways to make it easier for micro-businesses and start ups to sell their goods, the potential for making a business out of what is currently waste food, changing procurement contracts in large organisations, and ways to help local producers sell efficiently and directly to local people,