Healthy Start Winchester
The NHS Healthy Start is a means-tested scheme for people who are either pregnant or have children under the age of 4, to help purchase fruit, veg, pulses and milk.
The vouchers are worth over £1000 if all the vouchers are claimed until the child is 4, so worth the effort to be claimed (the vouchers increased in value from Apr 21 to £4.25 ). Less than 40% of those eligible are currently claiming the vouchers; the Winchester Food Partnership want to increase this, and we need the help of community groups to get the message out
More information, including local organisations holding copies of the application form can be found - HERE
Ooooby Winchester CIC is committed to making good food accessible to more people in the Winchester District. We do this by delivering veg boxes on a weekly basis to households in the local area, prioritising locally produced food when the seasons allow and supporting local, small scale farmers who farm without the use of chemicals and pesticides.
Having recently become a not-for-profit social enterprise, thereby committing to channel all our profits towards our mission, we have now launched a trial of subsidised veg boxes, called Honest to Goodness boxes, with prices starting at £5.50.These boxes contain the same quality and quantity of veg as our normal veg and fruit boxes. The only difference is that they cost less to help families who are finding it hard to make ends meet but who would like to purchase high quality, fresh, organically grown food.
We are able to do this in part because we keep our marketing budget very low (we rely on word of mouth and social media to promote ourselves), and also due to the donations some of our wonderful customers add to their order.
If you are interested in finding out more about our Honest to Goodness subsidised veg boxes, including who we are aiming these at, please click here.
Incredible Edible Winchester
Incredible Edible Winchester promotes local food growing, buying local seasonal food and reducing food waste.
You can get involved in regular planting and maintenance at the railway station planters or at the community allotment, help communities to set up and grow their own food or talk to individual and groups about food waste and buying seasonal foods. Prior experience not a necessity, novice enthusiasts welcome.
FirstBite was established in 2016 to promote healthy nutrition and social inclusion through direct community actions, while tackling the systemic waste problem in the food supply chain. FirstBite uses surplus food to cook healthy and nutritious meals at cafes, workshops and events. The food is high-quality, fresh and in-date and would otherwise be destined for landfill due to mis-labelling, damaged packaging or over-ordering.
Their regular projects include after-school Grub Clubs in primary schools around Winchester, Employability & Life Skills training with Inclusion NHS Winchester, and The Community Café (based at the Pastoral Centre next to St Peter’s Church on Jewry Street). Their Facebook page is full of updates on their projects and events.
For more information or to get involved, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winchester City Fairtrade Network
Winchester City has now been an accredited Fairtrade city for 10 years. It's aims are to encourage workplaces, schools, universities, places of worship etc to use Fairtrade products and to relate the principles of fair trade to local supply and sustainability.
For more information, please visit www.winchesterfairtrade.org.uk
University of Winchester
The University of Winchester is a national leader in the area of Sustainable Catering. Committed to sustainability, they launched their LIFE brand which provides the foundation for the catering operations.
- Meals and menus are created using fresh, seasonal and ethical produce, with ingredients sourced from local and regional suppliers
- Food miles are monitored and the number of catering deliveries made per week to campus has been minimised
- Winchester is a Fairtrade University
- The University is committed to animal welfare and uses free range eggs, chicken and pork and organic milk in all of its dishes for students and staff alike.
More information about the UoW catering initiatives and awards can be found on their website - https://www.winchester.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability-and-ethics/ethical-catering/
The University of Winchester regularly hosts public film screenings or talks and discussions about current issues. Upcoming events can be found at www.winchester.ac.uk/events.