London Food Poverty Campaign Coordinator

Sustain; the alliance for better food and farming

£23,053 (3 days/week)

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Friday, 22nd November 2019  

Remuneration: £23,053 (three days per week), which equates to £38,421 full-time equivalent. In addition, Sustain matches pension contributions up to 5% of gross salary.

Location: The post is London based. Travel within London is required. Sustain’s office in the Cambridge Heath area of London.

Position type: Fixed-term contract until 28th February 2021.

Working Hours: Part-time, three days per week (21 hours). Flexible working hours are negotiable, for example spreading the hours over more days. The hours or contract length may be extended, subject to successful fundraising .

Annual leave: 12 days annual leave, which equates to 20 days full-time equivalent. The annual leave rises by two days (pro rata) each year to a maximum limit of 25 days. The office closes over the Christmas period, and this period provides additional holiday days.

Applications: Please submit your application via email to:

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 22 November 2019. Successful candidates will be invited to interview by 27 November. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 3 December 2019 at the Sustain office.

The Sustain alliance is seeking to employ a coordinator for our well-established London Food Poverty Campaign, from January 2020 to the end of February 2021. This will involve promoting effective policy and practical initiatives to alleviate food poverty; linking local authorities with people who are experts in the lived experience of food poverty, and promoting uptake of schemes either instigated by local authorities or run by third-sector organisations who champion solutions that help improve incomes and access to good food.

The London Food Poverty Campaign Coordinator will also help to hold local authorities accountable for actions to tackle food poverty by recording and reporting on actions taken, to help citizens and policy makers understand what local authorities are doing – or not doing – to help disadvantaged people eat well. We do so principally through the London Food Poverty Profile: Beyond the Food Bank survey and report (next edition due for publication in October 2020), and local authority engagement programme. This includes championing effective and affordable action to tackle food poverty, in particular:

  • Developing and implementing food poverty action plans, which are coordinated strategies that map the current situation, identify gaps in provision and offer potential solutions.
  • Increasing the uptake of Healthy Start vouchers, which provide a nutritional safety net for pregnant women and children under four in low-income families.
  • Supporting, protecting and promoting breastfeeding to boost the health of infants and mothers, including through promotion of the UNICEF Baby Friendly initiative.
  • Providing high quality affordable childcare and maximising the value of children’s centres.
  • Improving the implementation and uptake of free school meals and supporting breakfast clubs.
  • Securing children’s access to food during the holidays.
  • Ensuring all residents have physical access to good food, e.g. by limiting unhealthy food outlets near schools; using planning powers to promote retail diversity, and supporting healthier food businesses.
  • Supporting and enhancing meals on wheels provision to help address poor nutrition in older people.
  • Becoming a London Living Wage employer and promoting the London Living Wage.
  • Setting low minimum payments for residents qualifying for Council Tax Reduction.

The Coordinator will use the Beyond the Food Bank survey, workshops and engagement process to provide a roadmap of policies to reduce food poverty. The work will be two-fold: working with local authorities and key stakeholders to implement strategic and affordable actions to tackle food poverty in the capital; and with experts-by-experience to amplify their voice and influence in decision-making.

The post is funded by Trust for London, with additional funds provided by the Greater London Authority towards the Beyond the Food Bank report. The role will involve reporting on progress to funders, sharing information with key organisations and supporters, the Sustain trustees and Sustain member organisations, and liaising with relevant bodies such as local authorities, the London Food Board and its Boroughs Sub-Group, and the Greater London Authority.

About Sustain

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity. We represent around 100 organisations working internationally, nationally, regionally and locally. Some of our recent campaign successes, working with a broad alliance, include the following. Our alliance has campaigned for and won:

  • The Soft Drinks Industry Levy that raises £0.3 billion per year, ring-fenced for children’s health promotion such as school breakfast clubs and holiday hunger initiatives; and which has already reduced the amount of sugar in soft drinks by over 30,000 tonnes and over 37 billion calories.
  • Protection of statutory provision of Universal Infant Free School Meals, resulting in c.1 million young children receiving a free school meal (notably also meeting nutrition standards won by earlier Sustain alliance campaign activities) and parents reporting financial benefits.
  • A UK-wide ban on junk food advertising on children’s television, regulated by Ofcom and a UK-wide ban on non-broadcast junk food advertising, regulated by the Advertising Standards Authority.
  • Junk-free checkouts in UK multiple supermarkets, with over half of stores now compliant.
  • Food education and cookery back on the curriculum for Primary and Key Stage 3 pupils.

Working together, the Sustain alliance has also:

  • Re-framed the national response to the current food poverty crisis, away from food banks and towards practical solutions to household food insecurity, helping vulnerable people to eat well.
  • Facilitated creation of over 2,000 new community food growing spaces in London, working with many partner groups, the Mayor of London, local authorities and other land owners.
  • Won national public-sector standards for food served in UK hospitals, schools, prisons, government and the armed forces, to benefit farmers, farm animals, sustainable fisheries and healthier eating.

Sustain is an unusual organisation – small, creative, friendly, supportive, responsive and highly effective. We are frequently complimented for “punching well above our weight”. We value our staff and pride ourselves on creating an organisational culture that focuses on good relationships and working together to achieve ambitious change.

Tasks and responsibilities

The London Food Poverty Campaign Coordinator will set priorities in a varied workload, including:

1) Coordinating research, publication and promotion of the annual Beyond the Food Bank: London Food Poverty Profile report (2020 edition), including analysis and ‘infographic’ representation of each Borough’s support for effective policies to improve household incomes, reduce costs and promote better access to healthy and affordable food.

2) Running a meals on wheels campaign targeting candidates in the London Mayoral and Assembly Elections set for May 2020.

3) Working with partners to involve people with lived experience of food poverty in the campaign and its activities.

4) Organising meetings and workshops in support of campaign objectives, including:

  • Arranging issue-specific meetings and workshops for representatives from London boroughs, the GLA, third sector organisations and others.
  • Supporting campaign activities so Londoners can engage with local providers to improve services.

5) Reporting on progress to the funder(s), stakeholders and other supporters, and helping with project development and fundraising.

6) Working closely with other Sustain staff working on food poverty to share good practice and ensure that messaging and priorities around these issues are complementary.

7) Exploring options, including fundraising, to continue our food poverty activities in London after February 2021.

8) The post holder will also undertake any other responsibilities in connection with the project that may arise from time to time.

Person specification


  • Experience of running a successful campaign or high-profile promotional activity that has successfully influenced policy and practice.
  • Experience of project management, and of liaising diplomatically and effectively with diverse people and organisations to achieve shared aims.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Experience of working with local authorities – particularly work associated with health, social inclusion, economic regeneration and/or welfare.
  • Experience of partnership working with other public or third sector organisations.
  • Experience of involving people with lived experience of a particular challenge or issue in a project or campaign.
  • Knowledge of key issues relating to poverty in the UK, and those groups working in this field.
  • A personal interest in, and passion for, promoting healthy and sustainable food.
  • Energy, enthusiasm, creativity and tenacity.
  • Entitlement to work in the UK (Sustain is not able to assist with applications for work permits).
  • Availability to commence work promptly following the recruitment process.


  • Knowledge of issues around healthy and sustainable food and practical steps to improve these.
  • Knowledge of the groups and agencies address food poverty and promote social inclusion.
  • Experience of dealing with the media.
  • Track record of effective fundraising.


CV (maximum 2 sides of A4) and covering letter (max 2 sides of A4) addressing the person specifications set out in the job description above. Applicants selected for interview will be asked to prepare a presentation and further information will be provided with the invitation to attend an interview. Applications should be sent by email to

The Sustain alliance is a registered charity (no 1018643) and a company limited by guarantee, which is registered in England and Wales (no 02673194). Registered office: The Green House, 244-254 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9DA.

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