An update from the Veg4Reading project

Organisation
Author's position
Veg4Reading project co-ordinator
Article date
29 August 2020
Primary interest
Nature and Environment

Food4Families set up the Veg4Reading project, growing fresh fruit and veg in our community gardens and allotments across Reading, to supplement the tinned and dry foods that community organisations and charities have been using to prepare hot meals and food boxes to the most vulnerable residents in Reading.

We asked for volunteers in early June and had an amazing response with over 50 people signing up with new volunteers coming forward every week. Produce grown and donated so far includes: 30kg of onions, 19kg of courgettes, 13kg of French beans, 9kg of runner beans, 60kg of apples and 13kg of plums. And that’s just some of the fabulous fruit and veg that has been grown and donated.

This amazing effort means Veg4Reading has been able to make weekly deliveries of fresh, locally grown produce to Whitley Community Development Association, New Beginnings, Sadaka, Red Kitchen, the Weller Centre and more recently CIRDIC.

Simone Prendiville who has been providing food boxes and meals from the Weller Centre in Amersham Road told us, “getting fresh, healthy produce is a fantastic addition to the regular food support we have been providing to families. There is a real, ongoing need for this support and the fact that this is possible through local growers and volunteers is a great expression of Reading’s community spirit”.

Donate your surplus produce
  • Allotment holders and individuals also asked us how they could help out, so we set up various collection points around the town, including at Henley Road Allotment Site, where donations are picked up every Sunday afternoon. The entrance is off Chiltern Road, RG4 8TT, and the donation point is just inside the main gate, which is open on Sundays.
  • If you would like to donate surplus produce as an individual then please contact beth@risc.org.uk who will let you know where your nearest collection point is.

Please help us to fulfil this important community need for some of the most vulnerable children and families in Reading by donating any fruit and veg you can spare from your garden or allotment.

Thank you, the Veg4Reading Team