Building a just and sustainable food system in Coventry

Food Justice Walk

Cov Food Justice Walk FlyerOn the 7th of October 2015, the network organised the very first Coventry Food Justice Walk to visit engaging food-related projects throughout the city, learn from each other and build good networks, whilst sharing experiences.


In total, 40 people from all walks of life participated in the walk. It was a very enriching and empowering experience, yet very relaxed and informal. It was great to have children participating in the walk too and to have plentyof time to talk whilst eating all this food we’re celebrating!


The Coventry Food Justice Walk included 5 stops:


1. We met at the Rose Community Centre in Spon End, where the Coventry Men’s Shed (A) team was preparing some tea and (delicious!) pancakes! Gibo explained how the project works and welcomed everyone with a smile!

Coventry Men's Shed

Coventry Men’s Shed

2. We then walked through Coventry Market to get to Rising Cafe (B), where Emma shared her experience at Betel and Rising Cafe and treated us to some cakes and refreshments;

Rising Cafe

Rising Cafe

3. We walked via Coventry University’s Edible Campus garden to reach Leigh Street Community Garden (C). Chris gave us an enticing presentation of the community garden, Food Union and the Pod and invited us to take some apples to eat and help us reflect about food!

Leigh Street Community Garden

Leigh Street Community Garden

4. We took more of an overview via the Transport Museum spiral staircase and reached the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre (D), where Cassie shared some of the amazing achievements and challenges that her and her team faces at work;

Alix and Cassie leading the walk!

Alix and Cassie leading the walk!

5. And, last but not least, we finished the walk at Ego (E) to hear from Georgina about their engaged and creative approach and to enjoy some well-deserved food!

Final presentation and food at EGO

Final presentation and food at EGO



“Thank you so much for organising the Coventry Food Justice Walk yesterday. It was a real privilege to visit every single one of the stops, to meet the various people and encounter their passion about the work they are doing. It was very interesting also to speak with the other people on the walk, literally an incredible journey and truly inspiring.” Janis


Date: 7th October 2015 (Wednesday)

Time: 10:30-13:30

Start: The ROSE Community Centre, Hope Street, Spon End, Coventry, CV1 3LH (map)

End: EGO, Silver Street, Coventry, CV1 1JN (map) 


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Food Justice

Food Justice is a call for a fairer food system. It considers food to be a human right. It involves communities working together to build more just and sustainable food systems. It questions the limits of charity-based emergency food aid as the dominant solution to food poverty. It challenges how differences based on race, class, gender and culture determine who benefits and who is put at risk from how food is grown, processed, distributed, accessed & eaten. It involves collective practical and political learning and action amongst a diversity of citizens and especially those most excluded from the current food system.

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