Food waste partnership a tasty prospect for supported housing residents

5 November 2018

Young people at a Shoreham-by-Sea supported housing service have marked one year of a successful partnership with a local supermarket to provide them with healthy meals while reducing food waste.

Man carrying food shopping into a woman's house

Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Normanhurst service, which works with young people at risk of homelessness, has been working with the Holmbush branch of Tesco to collect fresh food items that would otherwise go to waste.

Items collected include fruit, vegetables, bread, sugar, flour and other bakery items, with residents given support in learning how to use the items to prepare healthy meals.

SSL project worker Valerie Wyatt has been collecting around five trays of goods every Thursday from the Tesco supermarket, before taking it back to Normanhurst for distribution among residents.

As she heads home at the end of the day, Valerie also calls in at another SSL supported housing service, on Brighton Road, to offer its residents a chance to use some of the produce.

Over the past year, three residents have moved onto independent accommodation and taken with them the skills and knowledge to prepare fresh food, as well as an understanding of the importance of healthy eating.

Valerie said: “The partnership has helped our residents, who are on limited incomes, access fruit and vegetables that could otherwise be too expensive.

“It has also helped them to develop new skills and prepare healthy meals which they can share with other people.”

The partnership has helped our residents, who are on limited incomes, access fruit and vegetables that could otherwise be too expensive.

SSL Project Worker, Valerie Wyatt

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