L to r: Tami Skelton, Alan Hunt, Cllr Chris Penberthy, Darin Halifax and Brad Pearce
By Plymouth Herald | Posted: August 14, 2015
By SARAH WADDINGTON Herald Reporter @sarewaddington
DO YOU have any pots and pans lurking at the back of your cupboard not being used?
A pots and pans amnesty is being held in Plymouth all weekend as part of a council initiative to get more people cooking fresh food. On both Saturday and Sunday, volunteers in a marquee outside Plymouth Guildhall will be welcoming anyone wishing to give their cupboards a clear out.
Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cities of Service ambassador for Plymouth, said: “The pots and pan amnesty is a great opportunity to make use of unwanted items; recycling them so that those who need them can use them.”
Our Plymouth has delivered 6,000 portions of fresh fruit and vegetables to families in need; helped more than 600 food bank users access fresh food, and helped over 500 families through its ‘Energy Champions’ scheme.
Another branch of the initiative is ‘Grow, Share, Cook’, which is all about getting volunteers to grow more fresh fruit and vegetables and distributing food to those in need.
“As a cooperative council we believe Our Plymouth is a great vehicle to help us achieve our aim to create a fairer city where everyone does their bit,” added Cllr Penberthy.
Darin Halifax, chief cities service officer for Plymouth, said: “The Fairness Commission identified that people in Plymouth need help to access healthier food and Our Plymouth was set up in response to that.
“In addition Thrive Plymouth, the ten year plan to improve health in Plymouth, identifies an unhealthy diet as one of four lifestyle behaviours – along with smoking, excessive drinking and inactivity, that together lead to 54 per cent of deaths in Plymouth.
“We can help change this by encouraging people to grow and cook their own fresh fruit and vegetables, and making it easier and cheaper for people to do this.”
He added: “We are also still always on the look-out for volunteers for Our Plymouth so please do get in touch if you are interested, we’d love to hear from you.”
For more information on opportunities to volunteer for Our Plymouth, contact Darin Halifax on 01752 305446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Our Plymouth website can be accessed at www.ourplymouth.co.uk