Read about the various research projects being conducted by the Mandala Consortium and its partners.

Increasing provision of affordable access to school meals

What are the costs and benefits of a range of options for increasing access to free and/or subsidised primary school meals from a societal perspective? Read more.


Healthy, sustainable, affordable takeaways

Can a Balsall Heath based community interest company offer a healthy, sustainable, affordable and economically viable takeaway? If so, how? Read more.


Impacts of a food pantry opening alongside a food bank

Does triaging people who are experiencing food insecurity to either receive food parcels from a food bank or membership in a food pantry model lead to better outcomes in terms of food insecurity, dietary quality and wellbeing compared to support from a food bank alone? Read more.


Community food sector surplus food hub at Birmingham Wholesale Market

Does a ‘surplus food hub’ coordinated by participating organisations from the community food sector:

  1. reduce food waste from Birmingham Wholesale Market?
  2.  improve the food offer in the community food sector
  3. create the conditions for a transition to a challenger model of surplus food redistribution?

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Recipe boxes for home food preparation

Does a recipe box subscription lead to a healthier dietary pattern, and if so for whom? Read more.


Increasing uptake and value of Healthy Start vouchers at a supermarket

What impact do additional efforts to support Healthy Start take up have on fruit and vegetable purchasing? Read more.

Healthy and sustainable hospital menu changes

Can changes to inpatient paediatric menus improve the sustainability of dishes, while optimising nutrition and appeal and not increasing cost? Read more.