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It seems that tenants living in United Welsh homes are getting their 5-a-day. Fruit & Veg Co-ops run by the local community for the local community are sprouting everywhere –with great results.
Fruit & Veg Co-ops are organised through the Rural Regeneration Unit, an initiative supported by Welsh Government. It strongly supports the Health Challenge Wales 5-a-day pledge. Fruit & Veg Co-ops are local community ‘markets’ through which customers access bags of locally produced fresh fruit, salad and vegetables on a weekly basis at wholesale prices. The groups are run by volunteers from the community which it serves – the volunteers look after everything from ordering, running the books and delivering the ordered produce to the customers.
United Welsh has supported the delivery of four successful groups in Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly with three more to follow shortly. Plas Hyfryd a ‘Housing with Care’ Scheme in Caerphilly recently launched their co-op with volunteer residents Dougie and Shirley at the helm.
The successful launch saw residents of the Living + housing scheme snap up 33 bags of fresh fruit and vegetables as they strive to get their whole community eating healthy fresh produce. The service is being run as part of their weekly coffee mornings in order to reach as many of the residents as possible.
Hannah James from the Rural Regeneration Unit which supports the co-ops said “The co-op’s aim is to provide fresh affordable produce to all. This is a great first day of sales – it’s social too as the residents are having fun.”
Jo Green Head of Living+ at United Welsh added; “The reaction of Living + residents to the fruit & veg co-operatives has been outstanding.
The Living+ communities have taken ownership of delivering this healthy eating initiative to their community which will help change lives; having an impact on both food bills and their health. United Welsh are proud to support such initiatives and look forward to seeing many more.”