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Top award for food charity

FoodCos delegation meets Prime Minister David Cameron to receive the Big Society Award at 10 Downing Street.

FoodCos delegation meets Prime Minister David Cameron to receive the Big Society Award at 10 Downing Street.

  • by Rebecca Draper
 

A CHARITY which provides fresh fruit and veg to people who cannot access it has been given one of David Cameron’s Big Society Awards.

Fylde FoodCo, which was set up by Fylde Local Strategic Partnership in 2010, takes surplus produce from the borough’s allotments and offers it to those who are struggling, whether they are homeless, pennyless, elderly of infirm.

Representatives from the partnership and Fylde Coast YMCA, which has now taken control of the project, visited London last week to collect the gong from the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street,

FoodCo also gets produce from Kirkham Prison and local churches and community organisations.

Christine Miller, who manages the partnership, said the project had come a long way since its inception so she put it forward for the Big Society scheme.

She added: “Clearly Fylde is on the map once again, and this goes to show the terrific work going on here in hundreds and hundreds of really good projects as well as the commitment to the people who give their time to volunteer.

“Without our volunteers, both those who are working with us now and those who have helped in the past, we wouldn’t have got this award.”

A delegation of Fylde representatives collected the award in the Prime Minister’s home, including Fylde Coast YMCA’s housing and communities director Stephen Heath.

He said the priority was to now make sure FoodCo was sustainable.

He said: “The future is uncertain and there are challenges so we need to be able to generate enough money to cover our costs. We want to make this into a viable, sustainable venture.”

Also in London for the award were Fylde MP Mark Menzies, partnership chairman Bernard Whittle and Coun Sue Fazackerley.

 

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