Covid-19 is already impacting our food supply chains; shoppers and buyers are shifting online. How can we be sure that community food businesses can continue to provide good food for people? How can we best support our communities, particularly vulnerable members, while people self-isolate? How can we make sure that all people have access to nutritious food?
As we all try to find the best ways to keep our food systems running during COVID-19, there’s a lot we can learn from each other. If you are trying new things or have practice to share, or you’re freaking out and need to hear how other people are doing things, remember you are not alone and we are all stronger together.
Post below, join a webinar with others involved with community food enterprises and check out the resources. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Open Food Network team: email@example.com
How is your food enterprise responding?
16.30 to 17.30BST every Wednesday
These drop-in calls will be opportunities for all participants to talk about their experiences of running a food production, retail or distribution enterprise (with or without online systems) over the recent weeks, to ask questions and offer and receive support.
We are also discussing what we can do to ensure that the changes we are seeing to our food systems result in long-term improvements in terms of local resilience and that we do not return to business as usual.
Recordings are available below after each session.
We are also offering regular online drop-in calls for anyone who is new to the Open Food Network to have some help with the detail of opening their shopfront and starting to trade. We will be screen sharing both ways. One of our experienced OFN shopfront managers will be sharing their screen, taking questions and walking through all the details of setting up an enterprise. Participants can also share their screen and be helped with anything they are stuck with. These calls are happening:
every Monday starting 6th April at 17.00BST on this zoom link and
every Thursday starting 2nd April at 10.00BST on this zoom link
The global Open Food Network community are taking steps to organise webinars such that online food enterprises can share ideas and global best practice online.
OFN Australia and Global Webinar: 8:00am GMT Wednesday 18/03. Recording available here.
OFN UK Webinar: 5:30pm Wednesday 18/03. Slides and Recording here.
OFN UK Webinar: 4:30pm Wednesday 25/03. [Recording here.]
OFN UK Webinar: 4.30pm Wednesday 1st April. Recording and chat record and webinar slides with notes of the discussion recorded during the webinar
How to Adapt your Food Business Hygiene Procedures
Follow the Official government advice for Food Businesses
Find the official government advice here.
- Follow your HACCP and existing guidelines
- Employers should stress the importance of more frequent handwashing and maintaining good hygiene practices in food preparation and handling areas.
- Frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using your standard cleaning products.
Funding Opportunities to Support your Response
Resources to Support Small Businesses
Resource Hub for Social Enterprises and Charities from Good Finance.
HR Advice: Specifically for Cooperatives but useful for other types of organisations
Government Advice to Small Business: Official government advice page
UK Gov SAGE - Coronavirus repsonse from Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
Radio 4 Food Programme - Origins and impacts of corona virus on food supply
Mututal Aid resources - to help communities support the most vulnerable
Australian Fair Food Forum - how is your enterprise responding to Covid-19
Coronavirus Tech Handbook - a crowdsourced book of technical information on the virus.
Government guidance on how to handle food from affected areas.
Plunket Foundation: Guide for Community Business and Coronavirus
Future Learn: A short online course on tackling the novel coronavirus.
COVID-19 Crisis and Food Systems: addressing threats, creating opportunities
If you would like to offer online sales and home deliveries during the coronavirus the Open Food Network software helps you to sell online and to coordinate with other producers in your area to share distribution.