Implement Newham's Good Food Retail plan to support a better food environment

Our plan to address this step:
  • Transform the food service and food retail assets that the council directly control
  • Encourage good food retail and service wherever we are partners in delivering this plan
  • Use all our available tools and resources to positively shape the external food landscape
  • Become a campaign leader on good food retail, fighting to change the national framework in which local authorities and our residents are empowered to operate
Tracking progress:
  • Increased access to healthy nutrition across food retail and service high streets, schools, workplace, leisure and cultural attractions where provision
  • Develop a whole systems approach to the food landscape ensuring that everywhere we go to get food it is easier to be healthy
Who is involved:
  • Juniper Ventures
  • Newham Council including facilities management, markets, waste, regeneration, procurement and community neighbourhoods
  • Colleges, schools and universities
  • Partners in health and social care
  • Business, innovators and social entrepreneurs

Can you help?

We rely on the support from organisations and individuals to help us deliver our goals. We are on the look out for more partners who are able to support this step. Please email [email protected] to find out more.

Now is the time to act. Together we can make Newham a healthier borough.


Newham changemaker

Ojay works as a barista, mentor and trainer at The Gate Library’s Smart Café in Forest Gate. He demonstrates that healthy food can be both sustainable and delicious and by creating a welcoming food environment for children, parents

are more in control of what their children are eating. He also inspires young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training), leaving

prison/care or with special educational needs encouraging them to train for a career in food.

“We need shops and cafes where good healthy food is prominent, affordable and in plain sight. When we first started serving better quality coffee, we encouraged people who take their coffee with sugar to try ours without – seven out of ten people discovered they didn’t need sugar! I believe that great food spaces are important for

the future of Newham, both for social connection and the mental wellbeing of our community.”

– Ojay Denny, Barista, Trainer and Mentor, Smart Food Champion

Contact us

Get in touch to find out how you can support the borough’s drive to be healthier.

We are on the look out for organisations and people in our community who are thinking differently, challenging the norms, trying new things and looking at ways they can help Newham be a healthier borough.

If you think you can help, we’d love to hear from you, email [email protected]

Follow our hashtag for #whatsyourstep