The Southwark Food Action Alliance (SFAA) is a collective of charitable organisations, residents and community partners uniting together to help increase food security and food equality for Southwark residents.

SFAA's focus is to Connect, Inform, Support and draw together expertise and good practice to shape the work taking place to tackle food insecurity.

SFAA and Southwark council have worked on a 2 year food security action plan which focuses on the root causes of food poverty and creates sustainable solutions for organisations and the general public to action.

  • The full version of the Southwark Food Security Plan can be viewed HERE.

  • The shorter version of the Southwark Security Action Plan can be viewed HERE.

The three main aims of the SFAA is to seek:

  • Improved access for food insecure people to pathways of support. 
  • Improved education and learning about sustainable food. 
  • Improved access to healthy and affordable food for all.

The Alliance comprises over 65 organisations which include statutory services, health organisations, food growing projects, food banks, food distributors, groups running cooking education classes & teaching meal planning skills, holiday clubs, activities in tenants and residents’ associations, older people’s services, researchers, and many more.

The Alliance is a direct response to an increase in demand for services tackling the issues, a greater need for strategic oversight and approach, and an understanding that food insecurity is linked to many other facets including working to reduce health inequalities and building resilient communities.

There is a strong need for a food security plan in Southwark as figures show that 1 in 4 Southwark residents are likely to be food insecure and 4,674 households were referred to emergency food provisions in 2017-2018. The creation of the Southwark Security Food Plan enables organisations and individuals have clear steps on how to get involved in the plan to promote healthy and affordable meals, food sharing and emergency food resources.

Southwark Food Map

Bowl of fruit and vegetables

Southwark Food Action Alliance has collaborated with Community Mapping, to map essential services such as food banks, community fridges, community meals and local delivery services during COVID-19. 

This map is for all in Southwark to find what services are available and how to access these services, as well as organisations to share with beneficiaries. View map >>

2020 Food Stakeholders event 

Click hereto see the slides from the 2020 Food Stakeholders event.


SFAA Food Aid videos

Take a look at our Covid Response video:

Take a look at our SFAA Summer of Food and Fun video:


How to get involved?

Organisations and individuals interested in joining the cause of improving food security in Southwark can sign up to become a member of the SFAA.

Download a membership form HERE.

If you have any enquiries, please email [email protected].