The cash generated by Glasgow Airport is helping to feed families in Lochwinnoch.
A sum of £3,000 was given to the LEAP Together community group to help set up a community food pantry project.
The money, from the airport’s FlightPath Fund, was channeled to help establish the project, which helps families by redistributing surplus food and reducing waste, benefiting more than 165 families in the area on a weekly basis.
Based in Lochhead Gardens, the volunteer-run project redistributes surplus food from local supermarkets, helping to divert it from landfill and reducing unnecessary waste, as well as eliminating the logistics involved in disposal.
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The money given to the group was also used to allow members to purchase a community refrigerator and seed library to support LEAP Together’s Diggin’ It project, which aims to help pantry users grow their own vegetables safely. sustainable at home
Tori Bell, Project Officer for LEAP Together, said: “We are very grateful to the FlightPath Fund for their prompt response to our application and for the award, which will really help our project at this critical stage of development.
“We are addressing climate change by redistributing surplus food that would otherwise go to landfills. It is an important project that is building resilience in our small community and this money is really making an impact on this goal.”
FlightPath Fund was awarded a £70,000 sum offered last September to help support community groups, charities and sustainability-themed projects near Glasgow Airport.
Nearly £45,000 has been awarded so far and the remaining amount has been rolled over and will be added to this year’s FlightPath Fund prize pool of £66,500.
Fund managers are urging neighboring groups and organizations to submit funding requests, so they can continue to support sustainability-themed projects aimed at improving the environment in communities near the airport.
Kirsty Webster, Airport Sustainability Manager, said: “The Lochwinnoch Community Pantry is a fantastic project, and the volunteers deserve great credit for ensuring perfectly good food is distributed within local communities rather than ending up in the final landfill. .
“Food waste is a huge problem for all of us and one of the biggest carbon emitters in the entire world. With more than a third of all produce going to waste, it is projects like the Community Pantry that will help ensure that we can reduce food waste and put it to good use.”
The FlightPath Fund committee, which includes elected representatives from each of the four local authority areas within the Glasgow Airport flight path, meets regularly to consider applications and allocate financial support.
For more information on how to apply for financial support, visit: www.glasgowairport.com/community.
More information about the Lochwinnoch Community Larder and the broader work of LEAP Together is available at: www.myleapproject.org
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.