Local food pledge logoLESS’s ‘Growing Our Local Food Economy’ (GOLFE) project is now running the Local Food Pledge challenge.

The Local Food Pledge asks  Individuals and organisations  living and working within  Lancaster District to try and source at least 30% of their food locally for three months.

In signing up to this challenge, the GOLFE team supports pledgers by explaining what is meant by ‘local’, in addition to providing a range of local food resources that help to locate where local food can be accessed and bought.

A number of local residents have already signed up to the Local Food Pledge and are sharing their stories and tips with each other. One such pledger is Emily Heath, who has shared her thoughts on her experience so far.

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“I’ve completed three weeks of the Local  Food Pledge and it has been exciting  to see how easy it is to buy more than  half of my food from independent  local businesses! I haven’t got a car so I  tend to shop ‘little and often’, and I’m  a big fan of farms that deliver to your  door!”

“I order from Growing With Nature,  based in Pilling, who have recently  introduced a new online ordering system  so you can select what you want your fruit & veg box to contain!”

“I get my milk and orange juice delivered in reusable glass bottles by R&J Dairy Ltd – a small local family-run business based in Heysham. They deliver all kinds of dairy and non-dairy products (including organic milk, goats’ milk, soya milk, yogurt, cheese, various drinks, potatoes, meat, etc.)”

“If you haven’t taken the local food pledge plunge yet, why not give it a go?”

The Local Food Pledge is a great opportunity to learn about the amazing array of food on offer in Lancaster District, with the support of the friendly GOLFE team. Through taking the pledge, individuals will act on reducing the miles taken for food to travel to their dinner plates. And by spending 30% of your grocery budget on local food, pledgers will directly support the vibrancy of our local economy – by reducing the money leaks associated with spending money at large multinational supermarket chains. Furthermore, all pledgers who complete the challenge and return their pledge diaries to LESS by the 27th November will be entered into a free prize draw for a £30 local food hamper!

Sign up to the Local Food Pledge online: s.coop/1v851 or contact food@lessuk.org

You could also phone 01524 66100 and one of the GOLFE team will post you the initial form or fill it in over the phone.


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