A South Tipperary community food project has been announced as one of 13 all island projects to receive funding from safefood for the 2016-18 Community Food Initiatives (CFI) Programme launched last week.
The CFI programme is designed to positively influence the eating habits of families in low income communities by making food skills more mainstream and healthy food more accessible.
South Tipperary Development Company of Cahir aims to work at changing the eating patterns and food behaviours of the project participants with the hope of positively impacting the entire food cycle - from deciding on the food bought by households to how any leftover food is disposed of.
Each Community Food Initiative will receive funding annually over a period of three years to set up, manage and sustain their project, with safefood investing up to €30,000 per project.
Welcoming the new projects, Ray Dolan, Chief Executive safefood said - “The work of Community Food Initiatives (CFIs) demonstrate how investing in communities can help with influencing healthier food choices and learning lifelong skills; this community-led approach has the potential to positively impact on health from childhood right through to adult life.
“At safefood, we have been funding community food projects on the island of Ireland for over six years and these have helped upwards of 40,000 people by offering real and practical help in the local area and beyond.”
“This new funding stream will build on those previous programmes and support existing facilities and structures that are present at local level.
“As well as increasing awareness and knowledge around healthy eating, we look forward to these projects acting as local champions to promote initiatives for example, healthy shopping, improved meal-planning and budgeting as well as enhanced cooking skills. All of these are tangible, transferable skills that can benefit an entire community.”
Seventeen projects on the island of Ireland have received funding since the first three-year Demonstration Programme of Community Food Initiatives from 2010-12 and successive programme from 2013-15.
Key learnings and experiences from this previous programmes will be shared among the new projects .