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About the Access to Food Partnership

The Access to Food Partnership is made up of BCP Council, Public Health Dorset and the Community and Voluntary Sector to build food resilience in the BCP area.

The Access to Food Partnership was established in March 2020 in response to COVID-19 pandemic, and has built on the work of the Dorset Hidden Hunger 2019 conference.

The partnership has an agreed vision of a Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole where everyone is able to feed themselves and their family nutritious food, all of the time.


The partnership mission is to:

  • ensure everyone can access food when in crisis
  • equip individuals and families with the confidence, skills and resources to consistently feed themselves nourishing food
  • bring local communities together to identify needs, seize opportunities and solve problems, using local strengths and community assets
  • share good information about the local community food offering
  • make access to food a priority in local policy and decision making
  • develop a strong, resourced community food network

Access to Food Partnership forum meetings and neighbourhood conversations

The Access to Food Partnership hosts a quarterly forum meeting and monthly working group meetings. Join others from around the conurbation to talk about the pressing issues that we face and how we can work together to build food resilience in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

The Partnership also hosts neighbourhood meetings to explore opportunities and ideas to reduce food insecurity on a neighbourhood level.

To find out more about upcoming forum meetings and neighbourhood conversations, please sign up to the Access to Food Partnership newsletter.

Annual reports

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