There is a lot happening in the lives of our Ambassadors - that's why we're introducing monthly challenges to help them do just one action a month towards the campaign for a healthier, fairer and more sustainable food system.
OCTOBER CHALLENGE: Help Shape the Campaign!
For October, GFN Ambassadors have two options to help us shape the campaign strategy:
The purpose of doing this Campaign Group is to work alongside the Scottish Food Coalition Members to shape the campaign strategy.
NOVEMBER CHALLENGE: Get to know your MSP!
Introduce yourselves to your MSP as a GFN Ambassador
You can find their details and write to them through www.writetothem.com, or find details of your local MSP online.
The purpose of doing this is so that your MSP knows to look out for the bill, and so that you have already started a conversation with them that you can follow up on when the Good Food Nation Bill starts to be debated in Parliament.
DECEMBER CHALLENGE: Grow Your Network!
Begin creating a network of people interested in food in your community. Get in touch with existing food networks, food hubs, food banks, allotment societies, growers, breakfast clubs, and start building a network of local food activists. Try to convene one discussion with local activists, informing them about the potential for change through the Good Food Nation Bill, and ask if you can get in touch for help with the campaign next year. Make sure that if you are collecting people’s email addresses to contact them later, that you store them securely and do not share them with anyone else.
a. Share stories with these local food activists and members of your community and tell them why the GFN bill is an important piece of legislation that they can help shape. Talk to these networks about the inconsistencies in the food system, what is unjust and what needs to change. Ask them to share their food stories, or their worries or frustrations when it comes to food; you can begin sharing these on social media (with their permission) with the #ScottishFoodStories and #GoodFoodNation, tagging @scottishfoodcoalition. You can also send these to us, and we will keep track of them as well as potentially publishing some of them in our monthly newsletter. People’s stories will be important as part of the campaign around the Good Food Nation Bill, to push Scottish Government to make this new law as ambitious and transformational as possible.
The purpose of doing this is to start building local networks to raise awareness on the Good Food Nation Bill and the opportunity it offers for communities interested in changing the food system. Gathering stories is an initial way of engaging with your local networks, and sharing stories is a good way to keep the conversation going about the need for change, and make sure that Scottish Government sees how many people care about food.
JANUARY CHALLENGE: Increase Visibility!
Talk with a business or community organisation and ask them to display the Good Food Nation Campaign sticker on their window or to wear a Good Food Nation badge. Take a picture with them and/or of the sticker and share on social media, or send us an email - we would love to feature it in our newsletter. Don’t forget to tag us @scottishfoodcoalition and use the hashtags #ScottishFoodStories and #GoodFoodNation
The purpose of doing this is to start to strike up a conversation with businesses and community organisations about their role in a Good Food Nation. The stickers and badges are a visual statement, which when displayed across Scotland will raise awareness of the campaign.
*Find more information and tips on the Monthly Challenges here: download this document