Couple help needy with surplus allotment veg
10:30am Friday 13th September 2013 in NW
A TYLDESLEY couple are helping to feed families in need from a community allotment.
Eunan Jones and Pamela Jones-Brown have developed Grow for Giving, a scheme that provides people in need with organic fruit and vegetables and cooking advice.
They own a plot at Tyldesley allotment and noticed how much produce was going to waste from the Patchwork Plot, a lottery-funded community plot where anyone can grow produce.
Pamela said: “It’s a very big site with more than 100 plots and we noticed there was so much produce going to waste. I used to work in social care and noticed how many families are struggling, for whatever reason, to pay for food.”
Eunan’s company has sponsored the scheme to get it up-and-running.
Pamela said: “There is a community feel about it, people are coming for all different reasons. Some people will be dressed well and drive a nice car but that doesn’t mean to say they have not had a bad week.”
They have fed 22 families so far and are now making freezable food like tomato sauce to help throughout the winter.
They are currently selling potatoes too and all the money they raise from that will go into buying dried foods and for seeds for next year’s crop.
“It is a health thing as well. Some people turn up and say they have never seen certain vegetables in their life but we explain what it is and what they can do with it,” Pamela added.
The scheme is run by volunteers and many families offer to help in return as well as taking an interest in growing food.
Pamela said: “A lot of people are desperate at the moment because they have over stretched to buy school uniforms. We will help anyone that comes to us and it is completely confidential but if they tell us about themselves we try to arrange more help where needed.”
Food can be collected from the Poplar Lane allotments for free or a small donation, or call 01942 393523 or 07772 481421.
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