Students show their support for Wythenshawe’s Unit-E

Wythenshawe’s Unit –E food storage warehouse received a bumper crop of fresh vegetables from local students at St Ambrose College.

The warehouse is based in Wythenshawe Town Centre and is supported by Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s (WCHG) Real Food Team.

The freshly grown produce came from an idea from pupil Corey Wilkinson, 13, who had visited Wythenshawe market and saw the appeal for fresh produce and wanted to help.

Green fingered young gardeners from the Hale Barns School then went on to produce a number of crops, including carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, onions and sprouts from a disused patch of land at the school.

The warehouse in Wythenshawe, works as a central hub to distribute to seven food banks across the entire area, working with the Trussell Trust model.

Corey said, “ It’s a really exciting project where they not only provide food for families who are struggling but also have a demo kitchen in the indoor market to show people have to make cost effective but nutritious meals. What they needed was more fresh produce and I wanted to help”.

Jacque Allen, Director of Housing at Wythenshawe Community Housing Group said, “A huge thankyou on behalf of everyone at WCHG and Unit-E to Corey and all the students from St Ambrose College for their involvement, the vegetables that they donated are vital to help support the project and its fantastic that they wanted to get involved.

Unfortunately Food poverty is not new to Wythenshawe, but since the introduction of Unit-E it’s enable us to provide a more streamlined approach to identify and help those who are in need.”