FOOD POVERTY

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Hun­gry chil­dren and those who live a ‘feast or famine’ ex­is­tence will be taught how to lead a healthy life­style thanks a Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment fund­ing boost.

The Grub Club at Castlemilk Youth Com­plex was this week awarded £42,000 by the gov­ern­ment as part of a fund­ing pot that aims to ad­dress in­equal­i­ties in some of Scot­land’s poor­est com­mu­ni­ties.

The money will al­low the Grub Club to con­tinue pro­vid­ing cook­ery lessons, ed­u­ca­tion on nu­tri­tion, bud­get­ing work­shops and sports and ex­er­cise ses­sions that ad­dress both obe­sity and mal­nu­tri­tion in young peo­ple.

One of the poor­est parts of Glas­gow, Castlemilk has seen an in­crease in food poverty, with ris­ing up­take at food banks, and, at the other end of the scale, an in­crease in youth obe­sity.

Fraser Howat, head of the Castlemilk Youth Com­plex, said the Grub Club helped ad­dress both prob­lems as they are cre­ated by sim­i­lar causes - low in­come and a lack of nu­tri­tional ed­u­ca­tion.

He said: “Obe­sity can re­sult from a com­bi­na­tion of a poor knowl­edge of nu­tri­tion, lack of ex­er­cise and a ‘greed’ brought about by a ‘ feast or famine’ ex­is­tence ex­pe­ri­enced by many young peo­ple due to volatile in­come streams.

“We have found that this lack of nu­tri­tional ed­u­ca­tion and low in­come are preva­lent driv­ers for both mal­nu­tri­tion and obe­sity in young peo­ple.”

The grant fund­ing will pay for two staff and the re­sources needed to de­liver the Grub Club, which pro­vides work­shops four days per week.

Each ses­sion is de­signed to equip the par­tic­i­pants with the knowl­edge and skills nec­es­sary to thrive in an en­vi­ron­ment of hard­ship and need.

Mr Howat added: “It is great news for the young peo­ple of Castlemilk that the Grub Club will run for a sec­ond year funded by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Peo­ple and Com­mu­ni­ties Fund.

“The project has al­ready led to sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in the health and well­be­ing

Grub Club Young peo­ple clean­ing up af­ter a suc­cess­ful cook­ing les­son

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