The charity School Food Matters is appealing for your help! Its innovative Young Marketeers project at Borough Market in London has been shortlisted by the NatWest Skills & Opportunities fund, which aims to support community projects in disadvantaged areas.
Over the past four years, the fund has provided over £7m of funding across England and Wales and supported 311 organisations. The regional boards, with the help of a public vote, determines the destination of grants of up to £35,000.
Young Marketeers enables school children to become market traders at London’s oldest and most renowned food market. The programme starts with whole school assemblies delivered by FareShare when all the children in the participating schools learn about the challenges of food poverty and food waste. Children are then taught how to grow seeds and harvest their crops later in the year. Each school then sets up shop alongside Borough Market traders to show off their enterprise skills and sell their school grown produce. All proceeds from the three Young Marketeers sales go to FareShare and every pound raised equates to four meals for vulnerable families.
You can help! Visit the NatWest Skills & Opportunities fund website and click on South East (not London) and vote for School Food Matters!