Our Liverpool Rose Vouchers for Fruit and Veg Project expands

We’re delighted to share the news that our Rose Vouchers for Fruit & Veg Project in Liverpool has expanded to five more centres enabling us to help more families in need afford to buy the fresh fruit and veg of their choice. 

Thanks to funding received as part of Feeding Liverpool’s Healthy Boost project, Rose Vouchers are now available at five new centres in the north of the city, covering Everton and Anfield. The new centres are: Anfield Children’s Centre, Asylum Link Merseyside, Everton Nursery School and Family Centre, Merseyside Refugee Support Network and Refugee Women Connect.

Three of the five new centres are voluntary lead community organisations supporting asylum seekers and refugees, who have no recourse to public funds and live on incredibly low incomes. The other two new centres are children’s centres, providing support to families across a wide range of services. The new centres have only been distributing Rose Vouchers for the last 4 weeks and are already supporting 58 families on the project.

“Rose vouchers are a vital part of the eco-system of support available for families experiencing food insecurity in Liverpool. We are excited to be partnering with the Alexandra Rose Charity to enable their expansion into five new centres across the city. This expansion is part of our Healthy Boost project – funded by Liverpool City Council – which provides targeted food support to those most at risk of food insecurity in Liverpool. It has been wonderful to see the project come to life in the last few weeks, the Rose Vouchers not only enable more families to eat good quality fruit and vegetables, but they also encourage families to try new foods and relieve pressures on household budgets at this challenging time.”

Dr Naomi Maynard, Good Food Programme Director, Feeding Liverpool

“We are delighted to have expanded our Rose Vouchers for Fruit & Veg Project in Liverpool. An incredible 10 centres now support the project, doubling the number of centres distributing our vouchers in Liverpool. This is a move we have wanted to make for a long time, and we know will make a huge difference to families with young children in this area. We hear every week from parents who share how they want to feed their children a healthy diet but simply can’t afford to, but with Rose Vouchers that pressure is eased, and they have the freedom to choose what they buy and the meals they want to make.”

Jonathan Pauling, Chief Executive at Alexandra Rose Charity

The growth of the project in Liverpool has also led to an expansion of the route the Queen of Greens mobile fruit & veg bus makes around the city, selling affordable fresh fruit and veg in the heart of each community, with Rose Vouchers accepted at every stop.