Incredible Edible Winchester, WinACC’s food action group is delighted to announce it has bagged £4,000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants raised from carrier bag sales being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed Incredible Edible Winchester has been awarded £4,000.  With the funding, Incredible Edible Winchester will continue to develop the community allotment project, to help local people of all ages and abilities to learn to grow vegetables, salads and fruits. The volunteers will also experience the social and health benefits of engaging with plants and soil in the outdoors and the pleasure of eating food they have grown themselves.

Tom Brenan, WinACC’s Executive Director, said:

“Food is fundamental to our lives and producing local, seasonal food sustainably helps to lower our carbon footprint. We are very excited about the opportunities this funding will provide to help local people experience the broader benefits of gardening in a community setting.”

Voting ran in stores throughout November and December with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £36 million across more than 7,900 local projects.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: 

“Bags of Help continues to fund thousands of projects across the UK.  We want to ensure that the money raised benefits as many local people in as many different places as possible so we’ve extended the range of groups and projects that we can support. 

 “The scale and variety of activities supported by Bags of Helps shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to make change happen in their local area.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp