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Making food accessible and affordable for all

20 November 2013

Today, Local Food, a £59.8 million programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) is holding a celebratory awards event in Manchester.

Dharmendra Kanani, Big Lottery Fund England Director, is on a panel at today’s event to discuss the positive impact of this investment since it launched in 2008. Here he tells us more about the success of Local Food.

“The Local Food programme has made a real difference to people’s lives by supporting hundreds of communities to grow their own sustainable food, to eat more healthily and be more active.

The Big Lottery Fund invested £59.8 million in the Local Food initiative because we believe in the value of making healthy food accessible and affordable. The funding has resulted in our award partner, the RSWT, making grants to around 500 projects across England.

These projects have achieved a great deal, from giving 33,000 school children the know-how to cook healthy meals and helping 150,000 people learn how to grow fruit and vegetables, to enabling thousands of volunteers to cultivate allotments and community gardens.

Local Food has brought small, often neglected pieces of land back to life, developed local infrastructure, engaged disadvantaged groups and contributed to an increase in the physical quantity of food produced at a local level.

That’s why today’s event is so important so we can celebrate and recognise the achievements of Local Food projects.

We’re proud of the difference Local Food projects have been making to people’s lives. These initiatives are helping bring communities together to use people powered change to transform their local area.

To read about Live Well, Eat Well, a Local Food project in Cumbria. visit the BIG Stories page of our website.

For more information on the Local Food initiative visit

Visit the Local Food YouTube channel from Thursday 21st November to view films of all of the projects shortlisted for an award at today’s event.

You can follow all of the action on the day through live tweeting by @localfoodgrants. Look out for the hashtags #LFCelebratoryEvent #LFInvest and #LFAwards.

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