Real Food bags £4000 from carrier bag charge fund

Real Food Wythenshawe‘s Pineapple Cooperative is delighted to announce it has bagged £4,000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its ‘Bags of Help’ funding initiative, which sees grants - raised from the 5p bag levy - being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed Wythenshawe’s Community Housing Group’s Real Food Team has been awarded £4,000 .Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

The Pineapple Cooperative will work to bring the walled garden in Wythenshawe Park back to its former glory, working alongside local groups and stakeholders. The Project is led by Real Food Wythenshawe who will support groups and offer advice and resources to help restore the historic walled garden back into food production.

Group Chief Executive Nigel Wilson said, “This is fantastic news for the Real Food Team, who do such an amazing job in Wythenshawe and beyond. I would like to thank everyone who voted for the project and invite you to come to Wythenshawe Park and see the difference that the team are making”.

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco’s Head of Community, said, “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from our customers. The great thing about Bags of Help is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout May and June with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £33 million across more than 6,300 local projects.

Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Bags of Help criteria have recently been extended to include any project that benefits the community. Previously the scheme funded outdoor projects only.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said,   “Bags of Help continues to fund thousands of projects across the UK.  We want to ensure that the money raised benefits as many local people in as many different places as possible so we’ve extended the range of groups and projects that we can support.

“The scale and variety of activities supported by Bags of Helps shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to make change happen in their local area.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online.

To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

If you have a local group and would like to know more about how to get involved, please contact The Real Food Growing Coordinator at kay.bamford@wchg.org.uk