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Food Hub events … a recipe for wellbeing

By on February 3, 2014

The next four Local Food Hub events will take place throughout February with a volunteer training event also organised for this Thursday (Feb 6).

Set up by the Woodlands Community Garden, the Local Food Social Support Hubs form a unique new project designed to help tackle food poverty.

The project was first launched in December with the aim of providing free healthy meals, information and support to people affected by cuts in welfare or who otherwise are struggling to make ends meet. There are also free cookery classes to help people cook on limited budgets, with classes also included that are targeted at people experiencing mental health problems.

Food poverty continues to be a problem for people from a variety of different backgrounds in Glasgow, not only those who are unemployed but also those who are on low incomes, the elderly and other vulnerable groups. For some people, there can be a tough decision about whether to pay household bills or buy food – never mind prepare the kinds of nutritional meals that are vital for health and wellbeing.

The food hubs are being delivered in partnership with a range of organisations including Glasgow Council for Voluntary Services’ (GCVS) Albany Centre, West End ACTS (Action for Churches Together in Scotland) and Flourish House. And Tim Cowen, project manager at Woodlands, says the Community Garden will also work with local schools and organisations to grow food that can be used in the meals and to provide training on how other groups can set up their own growing spaces. 

The next food hub events are on Saturday February 8, 12-3pm at the Albany Centre in Ashley Street,?Wednesday February 12, 6-8pm at the Albany Centre, ?Sunday February 16, 12-3pm at Windsor Street Community Hall, on the corner of Maryhill Road, and ?Monday February 24, 6-8pm at the Fred Paton Centre in Carrington Street.

Volunteer training is on Thursday from 6-9pm at the Fred Paton Centre. It’s a chance to meet other volunteers and find out about how you can help – and pick up information on preparing food and welfare reform. Of course, everyone will share a meal together at the beginning of the session (it’s hoped a creche will also be available).

Email woodlandscommunityinfo@gmail.com for more information about Local Food Hub events and volunteer training

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