Mayo Community Food Initiative is to receive funding in order to positively influence the eating habits of families in low income communities in Ballina.
“Eat Wise Project” is an initiative by Mayo North East LEADER which will proactively engage with disadvantaged communities in Ballina to encourage and support people to make informed decisions about their diet and that of their families.
Each of the nine Community Food Initiative will receive funding annually over a period of three years to set up, manage and sustain their project. Safefood, the programme aims to positively influence the eating habits of families in low income communities on the island of Ireland, is investing up to €45,000 per project.
Practical elements of the “Eat Wise Project” include training for both adults and young people in vegetable and fruit growing, nutrition, cooking, preventing food wastage, smart shopping and budgeting. Practical cookery demonstrations coupled with advice on healthy eating will also take place in the target areas and the project will also engage with local supermarkets and takeaways to encourage the provision of healthy affordable options.
The CFIs will be managed at a local level by Healthy Food for All, an all-island multi-agency initiative seeking to promote healthy food for low-income groups.
Ms Marjo Moonen, Chair of Healthy Food for All, explains; “The core aim of our work is to end food poverty on the island of Ireland. As such, it is vitally important that we help make these Community Food Initiatives work locally.”
Pictured above are Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, safefood (centre left) and Georgina Buffini, Healthy Food for All (centre right) congratulate Vivienne Fitzmaurice and Gerry Mulherin from Mayo North East LEADER, Mayo after safefood announced the recipients of €450,000 of funding for the Community Food Initiatives Programme 2013-15.