Around Ireland, a new model of community partnership is empowering people to eat a varied diet.
One such project is underway in Portlaoise.
Community food initiatives (CFIs) use a community development approach to improve the availability of healthy food, especially for low-income groups
Laois Partnership Company in partnership with the Environmental Officer of Laois County Council and Portlaoise Family Resource Centre organised a Lunchtime Bites seminar in Treo Nua Community Centre Knockmay last week.
Speakers covered such topics as “Getting an Allotment off the Ground”, “Healthy Food and how it can saves Money” and Reducing costs through reducing food waste
Speakers included Noel Ryan of Stradbally Allotments, Ann Devitt Food and Health Coordinator with Laois Partnership Company and Louise Dent a participant in the Stop Food Waster Programme run by Laois Co Council Environment section.
Participants were treated to a healthy Lunch after the event and had the opportunity to swop ideas and recipes amongst each other.
The Community Food Initiative is an initiative of Safefood Ireland and seeks to promote Healthy Food in communities through training and networking in Local communities.
Laois Partnership Company is contracted to deliver the Community Food Initiative in Co Laois