Fresh fruit and vegetables are
to be given out to people living in deprived areas of Coventry to
encourage them to have a healthy diet.
Surplus food from the European
Union is to be handed out through the Area Co-ordination offices to
people living in the poorest district.
The initiative is to start in
the summer once a new distribution network is set up.
Cauliflowers and cooking and
eating apples have been given out in the past but the time involved in
distributing the produce meant the system fell into disuse.
Members of Coventry City
Council’s Health and Care Policy team heard today that 9,000
cauliflowers, weighing nearly nine tonnes, were given out in July last
Organisations were encouraged
to pick them up from a central base and distribute them among their
In August last year a
consignment of 13 tonnes of apples proved so popular that an
additional 17 tonnes were brought in.
But staff shortages meant that
the distribution of the fruit and veg had to stop.
European money ha now been
made available to take on food poverty workers in Hillfields,
Foleshill and Willenhall and Stoke Aldermoor.
In a report Strategic Director
(Living Environment) Howard Farrand said:
“These new officers will
help facilitate the process until it is more sustainable.
is a very positive response to this initiative from the community
and there continues to be growing distribution mechanisms within
community and voluntary groups.”