Surplus produce aids struggling families

Volunteers from the Patchwork Plot at Tyldesley Allotments, from left, Co-ordinator Pamela Brown, project manager Eunan Jones and secretary John Holding, promote the Grow for Giving project, which sees surplus fresh fruit and vegetables donated with growing and cooking advice to disadvantaged families.
Volunteers from the Patchwork Plot at Tyldesley Allotments, from left, Co-ordinator Pamela Brown, project manager Eunan Jones and secretary John Holding, promote the Grow for Giving project, which sees surplus fresh fruit and vegetables donated with growing and cooking advice to disadvantaged families.

A TYLDESLEY couple have set up a new scheme in a bid to cut the number of local families going short of food.

Pamela Jones-Brown and Eunan Jones, who own a plot at Tyldesley allotments, created the scheme, Grow For Giving, to provide families in crisis with organic produce.

Eunan said: “A Lottery-funded community plot was opened in the past few years at the allotments in Tyldesley, where anyone can grow produce. My wife Pamela and I suddenly realised that there was a large surplus of produce that was going to go to waste. That is when the idea came to me.

“It just seems crazy that there are so many families in the area struggling to feed themselves when there’s food going to waste,”

The couple decided to set up Grow For Giving, which allows anyone who is in financial difficulties to collect food packs containing fresh produce from the allotment.

Pamela said: “We’ve already managed to help 12 families just this week that would otherwise go without food.”

The scheme has been a success within the allotments community, which has 140 members, with many members donating produce from their personal plots to the scheme.

Pamela and Eunan are now creating freezable meals and preserves with their produce in order to see families in need through the winter when harvesting drops off and are requesting donations of dry and tinned food from the public.

Families can collect food from the Tyldesley site free or for a small donation and can contact Pamela and Eunan via the following numbers: 01942 393523 or 0777 248 1421.