Morrisons Give Bumper Crop of 10,000 Let’s Grow Vouchers For Edwalton Primary School’s Foodshare Garden
Morrisons supermarket has teamed up with multi award winning Edwalton Primary school and FOODSHARE – a charity that helps people to grow food to give to others – to launch the school’s FLAGSHIP FOODSHARE allotment with a bumper crop of 10,000 Let’s Grow vouchers.
On Wednesday 16 July, 10.30am Morrisons will present the school with a giant cheque representing 10,000 Let’s Grow vouchers. A representative from Morrisons’ Gamston store will visit the school and present the cheque to Foodshare head gardener pupils. Joining the pupils will be Foodshare Patron Penney Poyzer, TV presenter and Nottingham’s Green Champion.
Penney said, “Morrisons UK has generously supported Foodshare with £15,000 to help our ‘growing to give’ movement pilot a range of new educational tools at the Edwalton Flagship that will help children get the most out of growing and cooking their own produce and to learn the environmental, economic and social value of growing food – to give.”
She went on to say,”Food growing and understanding nutrition will be mandatory for all schools following the findings of the Government Taskforce on Growing Food in Schools. Foodshare’s values to grow, cook, eat and share were recognised by the Taskforce as a project that should be embedded into every school. Everyone at Foodshare shares that aim and Edwalton Primary School is leading the way by embedding Foodshare into their curriculum for a minimum of 2 years.”
Foodshare, a charitable movement enabling school children to grow and donate food has already enabled 7000 school children across the UK to grow and donate £100,000 worth of fresh food – using climate friendly methods – to help nourish the most vulnerable people in their local community.
Guy Mason, Head of Corporate Affairs for Morrisons said. “We’re delighted to be supporting Foodshare in their Nottinghamshire pilot and hope this will be the start of a long and fruitful partnership, benefiting local communities everywhere.
“Our Let’s Grow programme has been working with schools for 7 years, teaching children about where their food comes from, but our work with Foodshare will help teach another great life lesson of giving to those less fortunate.”
Edwalton Primary School will be the test bed for Foodshare to develop its unique TOTALISER – a computer programme that enables children to record, weigh and measure what they grow and then to find out how much that produce would cost in major supermarkets. The TOTALISER is an excellent way for children to use maths in a practical setting and for them to understand the economic, environmental and social value of what they grow.
As well as being taught to grow food, early years pupils and parents will be taking part in a cooking pilot called The EAT YOURSELF FIT cafe. The cafe will form an integral part of the pilot supporting children and their parents/carers to produce meals both sweet and savoury using the abundance of food grown on the Foodshare garden. What makes this cafe really distinctive is that the sweets produced over the 6 week pilot will use no added sugar or artificial sweeteners. The aim of the cafe is to show healthy, creative, low cost and delicious ways to use fresh, locally grown, seasonal produce. Morrisons will be supporting the cafe through supplying fresh food from local producers to compliment the school’s growing activities.
Foodshare is working in partnership with Nottingham Community Foundation to raise £345,000 to fund Foodshare going into every school in the County.
To donate please visit http://nottscf.org.uk/donate/foodshare
Notes to Editors:
For further information contact Penney Poyzer 07811 366188
About Foodshare (www.foodshare.org.uk)
Foodshare is a national charity connecting growers (schools, allotments, community and kitchen gardeners) with local charities who feed those in need. Our vision is for every school to have a Foodshare Garden and every grower to sow a little extra and share their surpluses with local charities that feed people. It’s a fulfilling and brand new way to give!
About Nottinghamshire Community Foundation (NCF)
Nottinghamshire Community Foundation (NCF) is an independent charity, set up to encourage philanthropy for the benefit of the people in Nottinghamshire. Our unique approach to philanthropy allows individuals and businesses to support their own specific local interests and causes and in doing so invest in the future of their community.
NCF acts as a “broker” between people who care about their local community and the wide range of voluntary organisations, community groups and local charities who do the hands-on work to make a real difference where we live.