14:14-Get Involved

The 14:14 campaign aims to encourage NHS Trusts across England to plant up to 14m2 of land or equivalent in hessian bags/raised beds in 2014 in which fresh produce can be grown and developed. It is hoped that this produce will then be provided to patients, staff and visitors through the catering facilities within the Trusts.

Across England we are seeing more and more Trusts turning to local suppliers to provide their produce. It is crucial we start to reduce the environmental impact of food production. Healthcare catering services and other NHS organisations are being encouraged to develop sustainable food procurement policies. This means that the food they produce should do as little harm to the environment as possible.

Sustainable food procurement includes sourcing fruit and vegetables locally to reduce emissions and pollution from transport and composting peelings and other preparation waste to keep landfill to a minimum. Other sustainable measures can include using organic or ‘fair trade’ goods, energy efficient white goods in kitchens and reducing food preparation waste.

We believe 14:14 can kick-start a revolution in how NHS Organisations perceive food procurement. By providing 14m2 of land we can start to educate and inform staff, patients and the community on the wider benefits of growing your own food as well as building relationships and boosting community spirit.

Barts Health and Hospital Caterers Association along with our supporting partners would be delighted to gain your support in what will be a worthwhile and hugely important campaign.

You can find more information at www.1414campaign.com

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