Fruit and veg galore thanks to Peabody Community Fund
Hundreds of Tower Hamlets residents are eating more healthily, thanks to funding from Peabody.
The Peabody Community Fund has granted £5,000 to SocietyLinks to help run their weekly fruit and veg stall.
SocietyLinks Project Manager, Joyce Archbold said: "The money we have received from Peabody will help to pay for a coordinator who oversees the running of the weekly fruit and veg stall.
"I can’t tell you the importance or the difference we are making to people's lives by offering residents affordable fruit and veg. It really is leading to healthier lifestyles."
L-R: Shuzima Billics, Shanaz Begum, Cecilia Simon, Vjunula Dasorurta, Rosaline Callisto, Taban Karim, Thameed Habib (7) and Nabiha Habib (10)
Peabody resident and frequent purchaser, 46-year-old Ujjwala Dasgupta said: "It is fantastic to be able to buy affordable fruit and vegetables from a stall so close to home.
The nearest market is 15 minutes away, which isn’t any fun when you have to walk back with bags full of food. I was a stay-at-home mum when I first found out about the stall through my children’s school.
"The project has encouraged me to buy more fruit and veg and attend talks. I have made many new friends too."
Peabody Community Fund
The fund offers between £500 and £5,000 to constituted community and resident groups who provide activities to improve the quality of life of Peabody residents through identified health and wellbeing projects.
Peabody’s Director of Programmes, Veronica Kirwan said: "The Peabody Community Fund is a fantastic opportunity for those who work in our communities to access funding for their chosen activity or project to help make a real difference to the lives of Peabody residents."
Sonal Shah, Chief Executive Officer of The London Community Foundation said: "We are delighted that Peabody has set up its Community Fund for the benefit of its residents across London.
Our aim at The London Community Foundation is to make it easier for communities to bring about positive social change."
Low cost fruit and veg
SocietyLinks works in partnership with Community Food Enterprises, who provides wholesale produce at very low mark-up value, making fruit and veg affordable for all. They also work with a wide range of agencies to deliver talks, services and referrals for specialist support.
The fruit and veg stalls can be found every Thursday at Whitechapel Community Centre between 12.30 – 4pm, 80 John Fisher Street, E1 8JX.
This is the fourth round of The Peabody Community Fund, which is managed by The London Community Foundation. The fund offers £100,000 every year for three consecutive years.
Applications which best fit the community grants programme themes and priority areas will be shortlisted.
Applicants will then be contacted by a Programme Manager from The London Community Foundation for an informal chat to find out more about their project and will be presented to The Peabody Community Fund panel.
Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified about their outcome in writing.
The application deadline for the fourth round is 6 March 2016. Winners will be notified at the end of May.