The Postcode Neighbourhood Trust has awarded Alexandra Rose Charity £20,000 to support our Rose Vouchers for Fruit & Veg Project in Liverpool.
The Rose Vouchers for Fruit & Veg Project helps families across six neighbourhoods in Liverpool to access a healthy diet and avoid food poverty. The project works in partnership with local Children’s Centres who give families vouchers that can be exchanged for fresh fruit and veg from local greengrocer, Banana Bunch, who operate mobile fruit & veg vans in the city.
With the impact and challenges caused by the pandemic, the mobile fruit and veg van has been a lifeline for so many families who were still able to collect their Rose Vouchers during lockdown and spend them on the fruit and veg they needed.
“I’ve had Rose Vouchers since my last pregnancy. My youngest is now five months old. I use the vouchers on the van to buy my fruit and veg, it’s been managed well during coronavirus, and I felt safe to shop there. As I was pregnant, my partner did the shopping in the supermarket as there were long queues, but I felt ok to go to the van with the Rose Vouchers.“Magda, a mum of three, receives the Rose Vouchers in Liverpool
The Liverpool Rose Vouchers for Fruit & Veg Project is now in its fourth year, launching in December 2017, with Belle Valle and Granby Children’s Centres beginning the distribution of vouchers to local families. In November 2018 the project expanded to a third location at Dingle Lane followed more recently by Wavertree and Picton Children’s Centres.
Since the project launched, over 475 families have been supported with Rose Vouchers, with £109,131 worth of Rose Vouchers redeemed to date, all spent on fruit and veg.
“It’s great news that the Rose Vouchers for Fruit & Veg Project has been successful in securing funding and we welcome their commitment to working with our communities to make sure families are eating well.
Ensuring that families have access to good quality food is a priority for Liverpool City Council and one of our post-pandemic pledges is Good Food, Warm Home. We have set up a multi-agency Food Insecurity Taskforce and they are currently working on a Good Food Plan for the city.”
Cllr Jane CorbettDeputy Mayor, Liverpool City Council
“We’re hugely grateful to the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust for this generous funding. The grant will make a huge difference to our efforts to deliver the Rose Vouchers for Fruit & Veg project in Liverpool. This past year has shown more starkly than ever the importance of health and maintaining a nutritious diet. For so many families on low incomes, this is an enormous struggle. With this grant we will continue to support families in the area to access fresh fruit and veg and reach new families in need.”
Jonathan PaulingChief Executive, Alexandra Rose Charity
The Postcode Neighbourhood Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. Since launching in 2005, the lottery players have raised hundreds of millions of pounds for thousands of organisations across Britain and internationally.