Tackle food poverty in the borough

Our plan to address this step:
  • Address direct food need through the Newham Food Alliance
  • Develop the Newham Food Alliance as a gateway into Well Newham services that can address the underlying causes of need
  • Ensure that all learners are getting the healthy food they need to start the school day, ready to learn
  • Work with schools, youth zones and other partners to ensure that holidays are never a time of hunger for any child
  • Address the four A’s of food poverty in the commercial food landscape – accessibility, availability, affordability and awareness
  • Set standards for food infrastructure in homes, new and old, that support healthy and affordable eating
Tracking progress:
  • By successfully tracking the how many, where and why of residents in food poverty so that we can deliver a comprehensive approach to addressing food poverty, that wherever and however it manifests, is able to address direct need through the Newham Food Alliance and the underlying causes of need through Well Newham
Who is involved:
  • The Newham Food Alliance
  • Partners across education
  • Newham Council including markets team, housing enforcement
  • National campaigning partners
  • Voluntary, Community and Faith Sectors

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] or [email protected] to find out more.

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


Newham changemaker

Asim is president of a mosque and is very active in his local community. In March, he was approached by some local residents who were struggling to

feed their families during the start of the pandemic. As a result, he decided to set up a local community food hub and be part of the Newham Food Alliance. With a team of volunteers, the community food hub now supplies 800 hot meals a day, as well as handing out and delivering food packages to families wanting to cook from home.

“Food poverty is a real issue and many people don’t know this. The 50 steps is an opportunity to make more people aware and encourage other volunteers to step forward to support their local community food hub.”

– Asim Uddin, President of UKIM Masjid Ibrahim and Islamic Centre

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