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Fiona Black, The Halifax Academy

Embarking on a transformative journey within the education sector, Fiona has passionately driven change by prioritising community access to food through a multi-faceted approach. With a hands-on approach, she has demonstrated a commitment to creating sustainable and holistic solutions that go beyond the traditional confines of education.

At the heart of this endeavour is the establishment and leadership of a Community Kitchen, a visionary initiative that engages volunteers in crafting nutritious plant-based and vegetarian meals. This not only addresses the immediate need for healthy food but also fosters a sense of community involvement and cooperation. Additionally, Fiona has spearheaded the development of a school garden, providing an interactive platform for students to connect with the origins of their food and instilling a sense of responsibility towards the environment.

Recognizing the importance of collaboration, she has forged partnerships with Public Health to implement a Fruit and Veg voucher scheme. This innovative initiative aims to make fresh produce more accessible while promoting healthy eating habits within the community. Simultaneously,

Fiona continues to play a pivotal role in reshaping the Food Tech agenda, redirecting the focus towards surplus, seasonal, and budget-conscious methodologies.

One of Fiona’s key accomplishments lies in the creation of diverse funding streams that support multiple projects concurrently, ensuring that the impact extends far beyond the limitations of a school budget. By blending financial acumen with a passion for community welfare, she has demonstrated an ability to sustain and replicate successful models that prioritise the health and well-being of both children and parents.

Central to Fiona’s philosophy is the belief that fostering a sense of unity through growing, cooking, and eating together can have a profound impact on a community’s overall health and happiness. The tangible differences witnessed through her initiatives have not only solidified a commitment to the cause but have also prompted a profound shift in perspective. From these tiny revolutions, Fiona envisions and actively pursues larger-scale transformations, driven by a dedication to creating a future where access to healthy and sustainable food is a right for all. The journey continues, with ever increasing pace at the forefront of pioneering change in the education sector and beyond.