May 25, 2018
Last week, the colourful East Street Market in Southwark served as the exceptional backdrop for the launch of a new scheme to get disadvantaged families eating more fruit and vegetables, and a celebration of local projects which are joining forces to tackle child obesity.
Run by Alexandra Rose Charity, the Rose Vouchers for Fruit & Veg give families on low incomes the opportunity to buy healthier produce from their local market. Eligible families can get paper vouchers from local children’s centres and redeem them for fresh fruit and vegetables at any of the participating traders at East Street Market. Through the project, we are looking to support up to 250 families over the next two years, and put over £80,000 into the local economy.
The Rose Vouchers for Fruit & Veg scheme is part of a whole-neighbourhood scheme we are running in the Faraday Ward. The ward is one of the most disadvantaged areas in Southwark and has one of the highest rates of overweight and obese children in the borough.
Visitors to the market also got a taste of the other initiatives taking part in the Faraday Ward neighbourhood project so far. People were invited to sign up to Bags of Taste‘s free cooking lessons, had the chance to discuss with School Food Matters how they are improving food provision in schools, and ask Sustrans about their work making walking and cycling easier in the area. Burgess Sports was also at the market, encouraging families and young people to join their locally run sports activities.
Attending the day was Sarah Hickey, our Child Obesity Programme Director and Head of Strategy. “We know child obesity is a complex problem that hits urban, diverse and deprived areas hardest. We’re working with partners in the Faraday Ward to layer up solutions that can make a real impact and help lower rates here. Today is a great example of how we can help create environments that support children and families in our boroughs to eat well and move more,” said Sarah.
Alexandra Rose Charity already runs similar schemes successfully in other parts of the UK, but this is the first time they’re doing it in a partnership of this kind. “We believe that everyone should have access to affordable and healthy food in their local area”, said Chief Executive Jonathan Pauling. “What is most exciting about this project is to see how, when delivered in tandem with a range of other initiatives, we can play a crucial part in shifting the dial on childhood obesity.”
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