From Food Poverty to Good Food Nation

March 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Glasgow Central Gurdwara, Glasgow G3 7HY

A networking event by the Interfaith Food Justice Network, with support from Nourish Scotland.

This event will bring together people who are concerned about food poverty in our country, to explore concrete ways in which we can change our food system for generations to come.

We welcome people of all religious and cultural backgrounds including:

  • People involved in food initiatives of all kinds (community cafes, soup kitchens, foodbanks and more)
  • People who have experience of food poverty
  • Anyone who is concerned about poverty in our local commmunities
  • Anyone with an interest in or our food system and how it impacts on people and planet

The programme is designed with 2 suggested arrival times of 4pm and 6pm so that people can come for all or part of the event (see programme below)

Nourish Scotland will deliver a workshop giving an introduction to the Scottish Government’s Good Food Nation consultation (closes 29th March) which, we think, offers a once in a generation opportunity to change our food system. This will be a chance to get to grips with the key issues and discuss the questions of the consultation together. The workshop will run twice and you choose when you book which workshop you’d like to attend.

There will also be:

  • fun networking opportunities
  • delicious, vegetarian Langar meal provided by the Gurdwara
  • a short sketch on foodbank use by Caroline Mockford and Cathy Wallace, Poverty Truth Commissioners
  • a short talk by Pete Ritchie, Director of Nourish Scotland
  • information stalls by organisations concerned with: community food; food poverty; food waste; food growing; and nutrition.

This event builds on the launch of the Interfaith Food Justice Declarationback in November 2016, which states that:

“…Though from different traditions, we share beliefs that move us to action when people in our communities go hungry: access to food is a basic human right, and it is our duty and honour to do what we can to ensure everybody can access food with dignity…”

Declaration posters will be available to take away. Read/ sign the full declaration here.


4:00 pm: Arrivals / Registration (for thhose attending workshop 1)

4:30 pm: Good Food Nation Workshop 1

5:30 pm: Networking / Dinner (Langer)*

6:00 pm Arrivals/ Registration (for those attending workshop 2)

6:30 pm: Speeches

  • Pete Ritchie, Director of Nourish Scotland
  • A short sketch on foodbank use by Caroline Mockford and Cathy Wallace, Poverty Truth Commissioners

7:00 pm: Good Food Nation Workshop 2

8:00 pm: Networking

8:30 pm: Close/ Dinner (Langar)*

*Langar is the term used in Sikhism for the community kitchen in a Gurdwara where a free, vegetarian meal is served to all visitors by volunteers. This will be available throughout the event. People usually sit on the floor and eat together but there are also tables available. People are asked to wash their hands, remove their shoes and cover their heads before entering the Langar hall. Headscarves are provided and there will be volunteers present to guide you.

**Visitors are asked not to bring alcohol into the Gurdwara

*** Unfortunately, we will not be able to re-imburse travel expenses and there is no creche.