South West Edible Estates has received funding from Scottish Government’s Investing in Communities fund to deliver the Wester Hailes Community Food Hubs project. The project will seek to provide a positive and dignified response to food poverty and insecurity in Wester Hailes.
To us a community food hub is a family of projects, in some cases gathered around a neighbourhood, which seek to address food poverty and insecurity. This includes community food growing projects, community meals, food banks and other initiatives. A community food hub may also be a location/place from which these activities can take place, this will be part of our approach.
Understandably the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many challenges for our communities accessing local, sustainable, healthy food. Therefore we are delighted to have worked in partnership with local agencies and people to support them with fresh produce from our Neighbourhood Gardens. This includes weekly produce being provided to Holy Trinity Church Food Bank as well as part of our ‘Community Takeaway’ in partnership with The Health Agency.
Our Community Takeaway is a weekly nutritious free Community Meal provided to locals in Wester Hailes as a way of being connected through food while we must follow guidance to stay apart. This takes place in two locations one at the Healthy Living Centre and the other at one of our Community Gardens in Murrayburn and Hailesland, Clovenstone and the Calders. The meal takes place each Wednesday from 1pm-2pm and everyone is welcome.
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If you would like to learn more about our Wester Hailes Food Hubs Project, get involved or volunteer then please get in touch with the Community Food Officer Catherine, firstname.lastname@example.org