Islington Food Partnership is a broad coalition of local organisations and individuals working together to develop an ambitious and sustainable food network for Islington.
Our Food Strategy and Food Poverty Action Plan
Our Islington Food Poverty Action Plan 2019-2022 outlines the ways we are working across the Borough to ensure that by 2022, everyone in Islington eats at least one healthy meal each day.
Islington is currently developing a new Food Strategy, to be launched in 2023. You can see our current Islington Food Strategy online here.
Our Progress Report for 2020 and 2021
Our latest Progress Report presents key highlights of our work towards the four Aims of the Food Poverty Action Plan and explores our next steps for 2022.
Our governance structure
Islington Food Partnership is chaired by Manor Gardens Welfare Trust
Katy Porter, CEO, Manor Gardens Welfare Trust
Dr Christian Reynolds, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Food Policy, City University
Sarah Benioff, Director, Cripplegate Foundation and Islington Giving
Alex Britten, Operations Manager, Manor Gardens Welfare Trust
Julie Parish, Network Development Manager, Octopus Communities Network
Elaine Maffrett, Head of Centre, Hilldrop Community Centre
Councillor Nurullah Turan
Piers Simey, Assistant Director of Public Health, Islington Council
Caroline Wilson, Director of Inclusive Economy and Jobs, Islington Council
Councillor Una O’Halloran
Teena Phillips, Centre Manager, Mildmay Community Centre
David Norman, Bright Start Area Lead, Islington Council
Alex Britten, Operations Manager, Manor Gardens Welfare Trust
Alex is Operations Manager at Manor Gardens Welfare Trust, and began chairing the Islington Partnership in 2019. She has a background working in campaigning and activism, and before joining Manor Gardens was a strategic consultant for third sector organisations. She has volunteered with many food projects for a number of years, including setting up and co-leading a local community meal group.
Amanuel Woldesus, Head of Margins Project, Union Chapel
Amanuel Woldesus is a resident of Islington as well as the Head of Margins Project, one of the charities in the Union Chapel supporting the homeless or people at risk of being homeless. Prior to joining Margins, Amanuel had had a stint of senior roles in the sector, including Head of Integration and Community Development at Migrants Resource Centre/Asylum Aid for over 3 years; a CEO at Regenerate RISE, a charity supporting the elderly, briefly in 2016; an Operations Director at the Upper Room, a homeless charity in west London, for over four years; and a senior marketing and communication project manager at Media Trust for over 4 years.
Candice George, Islington Food Partnership Coordinator, Manor Gardens Welfare Trust
During the pandemic, Candice helped to run emergency food provision with the London branch of the National Food Service network. She has since become a co-Director of NFS London and continues to work on community-led projects around food sovereignty, co-operation and social eating events in London. She is excited to have joined the Islington Food Partnership and to support the IFP’s collective action on food justice and sustainability in Islington.
Michelle Webb, Environmental Health Manager, Islington Council
Michelle is an Environmental Health manager in Islington’s public protection team with a remit covering food, health and safety, public health and infectious disease control. As well as commercial enforcement work, Michelle provides support on wider food issues to both the food partnership, formerly food strategy group, and wider CVS groups.
Marjon Willers, Specialist Dietitian for Schools and Early Years, Islington Council
Marjon is the specialist dietitian for schools and early years in Islington, schools and early years to develop a health promoting environment and adopt healthy food provision. She works with the infant feeding team to support good nutrition for infants. Marjon has been part of Islington’s food work since 2011. Marjon is also a co-director of the Health Education Trust, the charity which developed the School Nutrition Action Groups and is a national partner of Food for Life supporting the whole school approach, food policy, consultation and engagement. Marjon is a trustee of First Steps Nutrition Trust, an independent public health nutrition charity, which provides resources for health workers supporting eating well from pre-conception to five years.
Meinir Jones, Public Health Strategist – Healthy Weight, Camden and Islington Public Health
Meinir is a Public Health Strategist based in Islington and Camden, with a focus on food, healthy weight and physical activity. During the pandemic she was part of the team who set up the council’s We Are Islington response to help residents in food crisis, and supported the work of local community food projects. Before joining Camden and Islington Public Health, she worked in various councils leading on Healthy Schools and Healthy Children’s Centre programmes, and prior to this held roles in local government policy and project management.
50 Shades Greener
Age UK Islington
Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation
Arsenal in the Community
Bags of Taste
Bright Start Islington
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Choices London CIC
Feast With Us
First Love Foundation
Food For All UK
Full Circle Bar Group
Hanley Crouch Community Association
Help On Your Doorstep
Hilldrop Community Centre
Hornsey Lane Estate Community Association
Impact Hub Kings Cross
Islington Mutual Aid Groups
Islington People’s Rights
Islington Play Association
Islington Trussel Trust Foodbank
Kings Cross Church
London Borough of Islington
Light Project Pro International
London MET University
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Maha Devi Centre
Manor Gardens Welfare Trust
Mildmay Community Centre
Museum of Homelessness
Muslim Welfare House
Nags Head Town Centre Group
National Food Service London
Newington Green Action Group
Shelter From The Storm
St Giles Trust
St Luke’s Community Centre
St Mary’s Hornsey Rise
St Stephens Church
Stuart Low Trust
The Arc Centre
The Felix Project
Universal Church of the Kingdom of God
Wesley’s Chapel & Leysian Mission
Whittington Health NHS Trust
What we do for local residents
Provide information on community food services
Provide opportunities to influence local food strategy and services
What we do for partnership organisations
Collaborate on funding bids and fundraising initiatives
Gather and share data and information on food across the Borough
Design and work together on projects and ideas
Share expertise and good practice
Work together to help shape and influence local and national policies
If you are an Islington resident looking to find community food services or support
Please ring the Manor Gardens Welfare Trust Assistance line on:
or email us
Lines are open Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Anything else? Get in touch!
In case you have any questions or want to join the partnership please don't hesitate to get in touch with us