County MP Fiona O’Donnell today visited Roots and Fruits, the East Lothian community-based project, that promotes healthier eating by providing access to good quality fruit and vegetables at an affordable price.
During her visit Fiona met Project Manager, Pamela McKinlay, and discussed poverty levels in the county and the impact that youth unemployment and welfare reform is having locally.
“Roots and Fruits is an excellent local project that is helping to tackle food, health and poverty issues across the county.
“At a time when families in East Lothian are feeling the squeeze on their household budgets and with food prices rocketing, projects such as Roots and Fruits are more vital than ever in providing access to fresh, affordable and nutritious food.
“The staff and volunteers are an inspirational group of people who are making a real difference in communities across East Lothian. I was really interested to hear about the cookery lessons, this is a great opportunity for parents to learn to cook healthily on a budget and sounds like great fun. I was given a copy of the cookery book and I look forward to trying out some of the recipes for myself.”
Roots and Fruits delivers low cost fresh fruit, vegetables and tinned foods to around 300 customers across 19 towns and villages in East Lothian. The mobile shop is part of a wide-ranging health promotion project, which also includes local food co-ops, a community garden, and deliveries to nursery schools, day centres and sheltered housing. The whole project is co-ordinated by staff and volunteers who run cookery classes, workshops and regularly involves community groups in the work of the project.
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