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Tackling food poverty – Woodlands launch local support hubs

By on December 4, 2013

A network of local social support hubs are being set up by Woodlands Community Garden in a unique new project designed to help tackle food poverty.

The launch tomorrow (Thursday December 5), at the Albany centre in Ashley Street, will set out plans for the Local Food Hubs that project manager Tim Cowen says will offer a friendly space where people can share a meal and also access information and support. 

Food poverty is an increasing problem not only for people who are unemployed but also for those who are on low incomes, the elderly and other vulnerable groups with changes to welfare benefits adding to financial pressures. And it can be a tough decision for some about whether to pay household bills or buy food – never mind prepare the kinds of nutritional meals that are vital for health and wellbeing.

Cowen said: “It is simply unacceptable that this winter so many people will be faced with a stark choice between eating and heating. We are determined to do what we can to support and empower people at the frontline of the cuts. The food at our hubs will be fresh, local and seasonal and we will be emphasising bringing people together over a communal meal, rather than giving out dried-food parcels.”

The food hubs will be 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.

John Linn from Flourish House said: “People experiencing mental health problems often face isolation. Food and communal cooking can be a great way of bringing people together. At a time of welfare cuts and rising food prices, it’s a really important initiative that will increase our member’s ability to access fresh and healthy food.”

Cowen says the Community Garden will also work with local schools and community 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 first food hubs will take place on Wednesday, December 11 at the Albany Centre, 44 Ashley Street, G3 6DS from 5-8pm and on Tuesday, December  17 at Kelvinside and Hillhead Church, Observatory Road, G12 9AR from 4-7pm. For more information see woodlandscommunitygarden.org.uk

 

 

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