Cash scheme aims to tackle food poverty problem

Volunteers making up parcels at a food bank, which will have less pressure placed on them under the new scheme
Volunteers making up parcels at a food bank, which will have less pressure placed on them under the new scheme
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Mobile cooking schools, education on budgeting, healthier provision of food parcels and providing cooking equipment to families are all on the cards under an innovative new scheme to tackle food poverty in the area.

More groups are being encouraged to think like Leyland’s Food Bank as ‘not for profit’ organisations are being invited to apply for a share of Lancashire County Council’s £150,000 Food Poverty Small Grants Scheme, to offer people healthier food parcels and recipes, and to help them to get training to improve their cooking skills.

Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “The thinking behind this initiative is to empower people and community groups to come up with imaginative solutions to tackle food poverty.

“We’re all aware of food banks providing people with basic provisions; the small grants scheme moves this idea on by giving people a hand up and not just a hand out.

“It’s not about giving out funding for food but using more strategic approaches to help support the most vulnerable people.

“There is a wide range of organisations working to tackle food poverty. This funding provides the opportunity to build on this work, encouraging groups to work together to make a difference.”

He added: “Projects do not necessarily need to be ‘new’ or ‘innovative’ - but they need to show how groups work together and the number of people they’ll reach.

“For example, activities could include mobile cooking schools; education on budgeting and cooking skills; healthier provision of food parcels and cooking equipment for people such as pans and slow cookers.”

Email pheastadmin@
lancashire.gov.uk to apply.