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Community food project gets grant to promote healthy eating

Thursday 2nd August 2018
A community food project has received financial support to help it improve vegetable consumption in inner city areas of Aberdeen.
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A community food initiative in Aberdeen has been given a £5,000 grant to help people in the city improve their diets. 

The Sustainable Food Cities Network has awarded the cash to Granite City Good Food - formally known as Sustainable Food City Partnership Aberdeen - to help expand the new Veg Cities campaign, the Aberdeen Evening Express reports. 

This project aims to improve diets by getting everyone to eat at least one more portion of fruit or vegetables per day. 

Aberdeen Veg Cities is particularly focused on 'regeneration' areas of the city - low income districts where residents often have a poor diet that includes low levels of fruit and vegetables. 

Aberdeen City Council, CFINE and NHS Grampian will be involved in supporting the campaign, alongside local schools and an array of community organisations. 

Campaign spokeswoman Laura Penny said: "We are really excited to be running this campaign.

"We think this will have many positive benefits, from improving health and wellbeing, increasing food skills, to providing opportunities for people to try their hand at food growing for the first time."

The project is being launched at a time when many people in Aberdeen may have made compromises with their food shopping, due to the economic crisis hitting the city as a result of the fall in oil prices. 

Aberdeen is one of 56 local authorities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland in the Sustainable Cities network, which includes 11 London boroughs and two projects in Manchester. 

Most of the projects in the network are in English locations, including big cities like Bristol, Birmingham, Sheffield, Liverpool and Leeds. Scotland has just three, with Aberdeen joined by Glasgow and Edinburgh, while Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic have just one each, in Cardiff, Belfast and Cork, respectively. 

Other initiatives already supported by the network in Aberdeen include the Cook at the 'Nook - Community Training Kitchen and Fare Share Grampian, which redistributes surplus food from supermarkets. 

Written by Martin Lambert

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