Last week we celebrated reaching the incredible milestone of two million Rose Vouchers spent on fresh fruit and veg by families in local markets, with a brilliant event hosted at Barnsley Markets.
Local families, market traders, staff from family centres, and Councillor Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson – Childrens Services, attended, sharing stories of Rose Vouchers’ positive impact in this community and around our seven other projects across the UK.
Thank you to everyone who attended, particularly the families who came along. It was wonderful to hear how Rose Vouchers are making a difference in the types of meals, and range of fruit and veg parents are now able to offer their children.
“I buy more variety of fruit and veg now I have the vouchers. Seeing all the fruit & veg displayed nicely lets me see what I want to try. I can offer my son different fruit and veg to try and see what he likes. Rose Vouchers have been a lifesaver.”Rachael, a mum from Barnsley who receives Rose Vouchers
“Rose Vouchers provide a real support for Barnsley families to adopt healthier lifestyles in the crucial years before school begins. […] In times of need, it’s important that people can get additional support at the right time and in the right place. At a time where many families are facing financial challenges due to the rising cost of living, Rose Vouchers are a valued part of the local and national support we are promoting through our More Mon£y in your Pocket campaign.”Carly Speechley, Executive Director of Children’s Services at Barnsley Council
We’re incredibly proud that since our project launched in 2014, our Rose Vouchers have supported 9,351 families and 17,380 children to access fresh fruit and veg in their communities from 66 different children’s centres and community organisations.