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New food enterprise could help tackle poverty

A new meals service that has been launched in Swansea could be just a starter for things to come.

Llys-y-Werin

Swansea Council has teamed up with social housing provider Pobl Group on the new initiative run from kitchens at Pobl's Llys y Werin Extra Care scheme in Gorseinon.

Freshly cooked, nutritionally balanced, and tasty meals are being provided to Extra Care residents and Day Service users at the complex.

A pilot meals delivery service will also be launching shortly in SA4 and SA5 postcode areas offering residents the chance of healthy and affordable food.

These services could form part of a much larger social Food Enterprise under plans going before the council's cabinet on November 16.

Councillors are being asked to consider a business case for establishing an independent company able to generate income that would be used to tackle food poverty in Swansea to help residents in the city access good food.

Surplus income would be used to provide free meals for people experiencing hunger and food insecurity, and to support the work of other organisations working in communities in the city.

It would also create employment and training opportunities for people in need in Swansea.

Will Evans, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities said: "The kitchen at Llys Y Werin provides a great opportunity for the development of the new Food Enterprise and we are really pleased to be working with Pobl on this project.

"A number of older people living independently in Swansea will soon benefit from the provision of a new meals delivery service, and the Food Enterprise is assisting a number of the Council's priorities including safeguarding vulnerable people from harm, tackling poverty and supporting the transformation of Council services to ensure sustainability for the future.

"The report going before cabinet looks at how we can scale up the great work that is already being done for the benefit of many elderly people who would welcome this service being introduced across the city."

Linda Craven, Registered Manager at Llys y Werin, said the kitchen at the centre was already proving a hit with residents and day centre users.

She added: "We are pleased to be working together with the Council's Food and Growing Team on the new Food Enterprise. The partnership is enabling us to offer an excellent choice of nutritious, healthy food to our tenants and people who visit our Day Centre. And we're really excited to be involved in the future development of the meals service, delivering food freshly made here at Llys y Werin to those in the local community who may not currently have access to a balanced meal."

The pilot home meals delivery service will be available to residents living at Sheltered Accommodation sites in the SA4 & SA5 areas from mid-November onwards. To find out more about when the service will be available please call 01792 637930.


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