A FRESH food initiative has been given the seal of approval by the Prime Minister.
David Cameron, so impressed by the work of FoodCo, Fylde’s fresh–food cooperative, presented a Big Society Award to Fylde representatives at Downing Street.
Mr Cameron asked people to submit nominations for the annual awards, receiving hundreds, but was especially impressed with FoodCo’s efforts to supply fresh fruit and vegetables across the borough.
The Conservative party leader invited Fylde representatives, including Coun Sue Fazackerley, Fylde Council cabinet member for leisure and culture and MP Mark Menzies to the presentation.
Coun Fazackerley said: “Mr Cameron was very complimentary about the efforts of all the volunteers who make the FoodCo a success.
“We have gardeners, allotment holders, church groups and even Kirkham Prison inmates who grow food and then give it to FoodCo. Other volunteers then distribute the food to people on low incomes.
“Not only is the fresh food very welcome it also provides an opportunity for social interaction for some of our residents who may find getting out and about difficult. It’s a good example of public spiritedness and the award is a credit to the volunteers.
Since the free service began in June 2010, more than 1,000 food parcels have been delivered to Fylde residents.
Coun Fazackerley added: “Foodco’s efforts are supplemented by the purchase of some fruit and vegetables at the wholesale market and then delivery around Fylde in a trailer unit. The profits from those sales are ploughed back into the provision of additional free food boxes.
“Everyone who requests it receives fresh food and everyone who volunteers can be sure that they are doing something worthwhile.”
The co-operative was first backed by Fylde Local Strategic Partnership, the Ormerod Trust – and by all the volunteers and gardeners.
Fylde Coast YMCA now provides co-ordinating support to the volunteers and nominated FoodCo for the award.