Fylde Food Co scheme is growing for good

PUBLISHED: 16:27 07 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:40 20 February 2013

Fylde Food Co scheme is growing for good

Fylde Food Co scheme is growing for good

A project which delivers fresh fruit and veg free to homes around Fylde is set to expand

A scheme which provides fresh locally grown produce free to homes across Fylde has marked its first anniversary. The Fylde Food Co distributes fruit, vegetables and herbs to help elderly people and those on low incomes to eat more healthily.

The schemes volunteers have made more than 1,000 deliveries in their first year and now have plans to develop it further.

The produce is donated by allotment groups in Lytham and St Annes, schools and Kirkham Prison. Rob Haigh, who manages the scheme, said: Its all about the community working together and growing for other people.

We have a team of volunteers who grow produce, pack it and deliver it around the Fylde. The recipients are a mix of people - low income households, elderly people and large families.

We have had some great feedback and some of the people who have received food in the past have now volunteered to help with the scheme and to give something back. Its a small contribution but it goes a little way to helping people.

The scheme is now run by the Fylde Coast YMCA who took it over from the council and Rob added: Its a community-led project and its now a social enterprise. The idea is to branch out and to start selling the fruit, vegetables and herbs to support and sustain the free food side of the scheme so any profit made would be reinvested in the project.

We are looking into the possibility of starting a mobile shop which could visit sheltered accommodation. Were also considering starting a veg box scheme. Two allotment sites donate extra produce so far but hopefully that number will grow as well.

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