6th April 2005 PRESS RELEASE Roundshaw residents eat their greens

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					6th April 2005
                                PRESS RELEASE
                   Roundshaw residents eat their greens




People living on the Roundshaw Estate in Wallington are reaping the benefits
of healthy living, thanks to a cooperative scheme to provide cut-price fruit and
vegetables to local residents supported by Sutton and Merton Primary Care
Trust (PCT).


The Fruit and Vegetables on Roundshaw (FAVOR) scheme was set-up after it
was identified that local residents did not have easy access to fresh fruit and
vegetables. Ruth Overton, FAVOR Co-ordinator, said: “We take orders in
advance and get the produce every Monday from a supplier – it comes
straight from Spitalfields market in London, which is why it is so fresh. Buying
in bulk makes it much cheaper and the produce is excellent. Family doctors
can refer people from the area to the service who they feel don’t have easy
access to fruit and veg. We can also deliver direct to peoples’ homes if they
have trouble getting around.”


The co-operative is based at St. Paul’s Church, a central point on the estate,
and has been running for six months. Mr and Mrs Harrington, who have lived
on the Roundshaw estate for 30 years, have used the service since it started.
Mrs Harrington, 84, said: “My husband and I think that the service is
wonderful. Before, we had to go on the bus to the supermarket and carry
heavy bags, which was really difficult for us. Now our order arrives at the front
door, lovely and fresh, every Monday.


“Also, the produce we get from the co-operative is much cheaper and much
better quality than what you get in the shops – the apples and pears we got
last week were delicious! I also use the recipe cards to make soups that are
really tasty and nourishing.”


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Ruth is keen to get more people living on Roundshaw involved with the
project. She said: “We’ve come a long way since the project began. However,
we hope to expand into other wards in Sutton and to work with schools to
provide fruit and vegetables for their pupils.”




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