Eylem, a mum to three boys who lives in Hackney, tells us, “Because of the lockdown, my boys are at home all day, so I’ve needed more food for them for meals and snacks.
We’ve still been able to get our vouchers, and even when the market we usually go to closed, we could go to the shop in Stamford Hill with the vouchers. It has a good variety so we could still get our fruit and vegetables.
Our family’s diet has changed a lot over the year that we have been using Rose Vouchers. My boys now eat more vegetables, they love broccoli, cauliflower, aubergine and courgettes. Before I would use the supermarket and buy pasta, rice and potatoes as I thought they wouldn’t eat vegetables. Now I can give them different vegetables to try when I come home from the market. I put the fruit and vegetables on a table they can reach and they pick what they’d like to try.
The Rose Vouchers for Fruit and Veg Project has helped us a lot to have a healthy life. It’s amazing! Families in my situation usually buy tins because it’s cheap and don’t think to buy fresh because it costs more, it’s what people can afford. If I didn’t have the vouchers, I would just get baked beans in the tin to give them. But now I can buy fresh, it’s healthier. The vouchers really make a difference in our lives.”