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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Green Party leader visiting Fair Meals Direct in Carlisle

A pioneering new service to provide healthy meals for some of Carlisle’s most vulnerable people will be visited today by Green Party leader Natalie Bennett.

Fair Meals Direct Mark Lloyd photo
Mark Lloyd

She will visit the offices of Fair Meals Direct in the Business Enterprise Centre in James Street with Peter Cranie, the party’s lead candidate for the north west in next month’s European election.

Fair Meals Direct – which has taken over from Cumbria County Council ‘Meals on Wheels’ service – is a not-for-profit scheme set up to help people in the city who are not able to make such food for themselves.

All meals are prepared by a professional chef based in the Water Street homeless centre in Carlisle using produce sourced from within a 30-mile radius of Carlisle. They are delivered to homes across the city by volunteers.

Mark Lloyd, project co-ordinator for Fair Food Carlisle and Fair Meals Direct, said they delivered healthy, good quality food to people who struggled to make meals themselves.

He said: “Not only is what we do good for people living locally who need just such a service, but by using locally-produced food, we’re helping to provide an outlet for Cumbrian producers.

“By cutting down the number of miles food has to travel from field to plate, we’re helping to reduce carbon emissions too.”

He said the group were not politically aligned but welcomed any visit.

“It’s great that the Green Party want to come along and see what we’re doing,” he said.

To cope with rising demand over the coming months, Fair Meals Direct is looking for extra volunteer drivers to help deliver meals. Expenses are paid and full training given.

Those interested should contact Mark Lloyd 01228 267167 or email him at mark@sustainablecarlisle.org

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