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May 1, 2015 11:51 EST

The Welcome Place Cafe: reduce food poverty, not by just giving handouts, but by giving people the opportunity to work together to help solve the problem

iCrowdNewswire - May 1, 2015

The Welcome Place Cafe

Project aim

Let’s feed Keighley! It’s a scandal that people can’t afford healthy meals. The project aims to reduce food poverty, not by just giving handouts, but by giving people the opportunity to work together to help solve the problem.

About the project

Keighley is an area with a diverse population, high unemployment, low wages and retired people, many of whom cannot afford to eat properly. We have the highest levels of deprivation in the county and the highest ever number of people relying on foodbanks. Mostly emergency food packs are made up of long-life products and don’t give people access to fresh fruit and vegetables.

Many people do not have the skills now to know how to grow their own food, or to prepare food from scratch and instead are turning to cheap fast food which has a massive impact on health.

The Welcome Project already supports the Sunflower Allotment Society where those who are retired, lonely or have ill health work together to grow fruit and vegetables. The allotment has been adapted so that those who are not very active can still help grow food. This project has been running for two years. With more volunteers and funding, they can grow much more.

Keighley Volunteer Centre has offered us the use of the kitchens in The Temple Row Centre that were at the time unused, to turn vegetables into healthy soup. We have created a café where people can call in, receive a warm welcome and free soup, regardless of whether they are suffering food poverty or would just like a healthy lunch. The café is in the town centre and is wheelchair and pushchair accessible.

Soup can be put into take-away containers for busy people to take home, for families who might not have access to fresh vegetables, or to be sent to those house-bound.

We cannot do this alone. We need volunteers to help us to expand and to grow more food. We need £5000 for a large polytunnel so that people can grow food in all weathers, and we need funds to manage and coordinate the project. We need help to get the word out that the food is available and volunteers to take it to the most needy. Can you help us help feed Keighley?

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