Lanarkshire Community Food & Health Partnership (LCFHP) works with local communities to increase their health and well-being through an improved diet, reducing the health inequalities associated with deprived communities.
LCFHP runs and supplies over 40 community food co-ops where people can both access high-quality food and receive healthy cooking advice on their doorstep.
Their High Five for Fruit initiative delivers fresh fruit and veg to 137 nurseries in North Lanarkshire, with trained nutritionists encouraging healthy eating habits in fussy eaters. Studies have shown that families affected by the initiative eat 50% more fruit and veg than the national average.
Healthy Mummy Happy Baby provides antenatal and postnatal mums with cooking classes, one to one nutritional information, food budgeting advice and weight management services to increase health and well-being.
LCFHP’s Make Move Munch clubs help families in high deprivation communities make healthy choices to alleviate the effects of diabetes and heart disease, as well as alleviating symptoms of ‘holiday hunger’. 94% of families found they could make their household food budget go further after attending the clubs.
LCFHP also deliver Training for Trainers, where local ‘food champions’ are trained to deliver healthy eating demos in communities. A minimum of 96 tailored healthy eating sessions are delivered per annum to a variety of groups.
Core funding comes via NHS Lanarkshire and North Lanarkshire Council’s Fairer Scotland funding. This supports LCFHP’s network for community retail, their Healthy Eating sessions and their range of training programmes.
The community retail arm of LCFHP operates to bring in its own enterprise income, although all efforts are taken to keep prices as low as possible.
High Five for Fruit is sponsored by North Lanarkshire Council, allowing LCFHP to keep the service free of cost to its participants.
Healthy Mummy was mainly funded by the Scottish Government’s Early Years Collaborative programme. With funding set to cease in 2018, a lottery bid has been submitted to continue the service. So far, this project has been free to service users.
Make, Move, Munch clubs were funded by Tesco’s National Charity Partnership until recently but again, LCFHP are going to have to adapt to maintain the service, with funding ending in December 2017.
Lanarkshire Community Food and Health Partnership featured as a case study in Diet, Activity & Healthy Weight: The Role of Social Enterprise.
LCFHP always look for increased fruit and veg consumption, cooking from scratch, reduction in consumption of “ready meals”.
In 2016/17, LCFHP distributed just short of £300,000 worth of produce and were able to run 880 healthy eating sessions with 14,322 attendees. LCFHP also delivered 132 REHIS Food Hygiene certificates.