Lochwinnoch Food Committee is shortlisted for SPAR Scotland Community Cashback Award

Food Parcels from the Community Larder, with fresh produce grown locally

Lochwinnoch Food Committee has been nominated for a SPAR Community Cash Back Award – now they need help to win the public vote!

Last year, in response to the pandemic, villagers in Lochwinnoch came together to set up Lochwinnoch Food Committee. Local Writer, Alan Bissett took the initiative to form the group which has three distinct areas: A Community Larder; Lochwinnoch Cares – a volunteer delivery group; and Diggin’ It, an initiative supporting people to grow their own vegetables.

Mirin and Fulton Gibson-Brown, Ages 10 and 7

The group now exists under the aegis of LEAP – Local Energy Action Plan which also operates a Car Club offering sustainable transport across Renfrewshire. They joined forces in January and this has given them a permanent foothold to plan for the future. Alan Bissett says “Our community, like many, is facing challenges due to Covid-19 and the financial impact it has had on numerous households. We are glad of and grateful to LEAP for taking on the management of this project and ensuring its effective delivery into the future.

Tori Bell, Project Officer for LEAP and the Food Committee says “An additional cash prize from SPAR Scotland would really help us. We continue to receive requests for help across all the projects and have had a particularly high demand for support to Diggin’ It. The Food Committee is currently supporting more than 100 households in some form between the three areas of the group. Any additional money would help to sustain our activities and might even go towards future project ideas which include setting up a Community Fridge and Seed Libraries here and in other local villages. Any votes from the wider community would be really appreciated.”

The next stage of the competition is decided by public vote which closes 9th May. If you have a second to lend support, you’ll find them in Shortlist Area 5 (which is question 6): https://www.sparscotland.co.uk/community/community-cashback/community-cashback-2021

Aila and Sula Bell, Ages 6 and 2
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