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Heart of Bucks has awarded over £9,000 from The Co-op Food Fund to Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming.

The Co-op recently donated £1.5m to the National Emergencies Trust to support local charities and community organisations that are working to tackle food poverty in communities across the UK. The money was raised over the summer through purchases from the Co-op’s picnic range. As this money was distributed through the UK Community Foundations (UKCF) network, to which Heart Bucks belongs, it has been our honour to award this grant locally to Sustain.

Sustain advocate food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, with the aim of improving our working and living environment.

The grant has been awarded to support Sustain’s Buckinghamshire Allotment and Community Food Growing network project. The project aims to increase the amount of land available for community food growing and allotments in Bucks, engaging local residents in the food system and educating people about how food is grown and harvested.

The project aims to encourage people to make a shift towards growing and consuming healthier and more sustainable food, with the added social interaction and mental health benefits that a community project like this can bring. Many people do not have gardens or access to land on which they can grow their own food, and this project aims to give people a place to learn and grow fresh food, fostering a local culture of food growing.