Poverty pro­ject is food for thought

Rutherglen Reformer - - Whitlawburn - Jonathan Ged­des

A Whit­law­burn pro­ject that pro­vides healthy food is set to ben­e­fit from gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

And a Castlemilk ini­tia­tive aimed at help­ing battle food poverty was last week praised for their“fan­tas­tic work”by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Com­mu­ni­ties sec­re­tary.

An­gela Con­stance MSP an­nounced that 16 Scot­tish pro­jects would share £350,000 from the Fair Food Fund while vis­it­ing Castlemilk Par­ish Church, who have been run­ning a community meals pro­gramme, aided by the fund, since last Septem­ber.

One of the pro­jects listed as be­ing lined up for fund­ing is the Whit­law­burn Community and Re­source Cen­tre, whose food co-op sells fruit and veg at af­ford­able prices in a bid to ad­dress food poverty.

Stephanie McPeake, community devel­op­ment co­or­di­na­tor at the cen­tre,aid:“It hasn’t been com­pletely con­firmed to us yet, but if we were suc­cess­ful (with the fund­ing), it would help us sup­port the food co-op­er­a­tive, which has been here in var­i­ous forms for years and sup­plies fresh food and veg­eta­bles.

“It would help us sup­port that with ex­tra work­ers and it would let us pro­mote the ser­vice a bit more.

“At the mo­ment it’s got a ded­i­cated group of vol­un­teers and serves about 40 peo­ple.

“It’s an ac­ces­si­ble way of get­ting healthy food, and that is so im­por­tant.”

Castlemilk Par­ish Church hold community meals twice a month, gath­er­ing lo­cals to­gether.

The church’s dea­con, Paul Cath­cart, said: “There was a re­ally good buzz about the church for the visit ,and it was re­ally en­cour­ag­ing that she seemed to en­gage with peo­ple and seemed to en­joy the visit.

“Some of the com­ments were af­firm­ing that a pro­ject like this was mak­ing a dif­fer­ence among the community.”

Paul be­lieves that the pro­ject has grown stronger over the past few months.

He added:“One of the pleas­ing things is that folk are now on­board who are em­ployed, and they’re com­ing up with themed nights like an Ital­ian night, or a Chi­nese night, or the Burns sup­per that we’re do­ing this week.

“In terms of food poverty, we’re think­ing about sav­ing money, and let­ting peo­ple do­nate their time to see the value of good nu­tri­tious food.

“Peo­ple also en­joy that set­ting and hav­ing the chance to chat.

“It’s cre­at­ing con­ver­sa­tion.”

Chatty man Thomas Rowantree (left) and Jim McMil­lan ex­plain to the gov­ern­ment min­is­ter what work they do

Good food An­gela Con­stance MSP helps out in the kitchen with Elizabeth Porter (left) and Su­san McKie

Happy to help Community devel­op­ment worker Anne Jolly and dea­con Paul Cath­cart chat with Ms Con­stance

Time for tea An­gela Con­stance MSP meets vol­un­teers at Castlemilk Par­ish Church

Fun day An­gela Con­stance MSP en­joys a joke at Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church

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