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By Jonnet Middleton – REconomy Coordinator, Closing Loops

Do you wish it was easier and cheaper to eat local food? FoodFutures has some fresh ideas on how to make locally produced food more convenient and affordable. A new survey inviting North Lancashire residents to have their say has gone live this week.

The survey tests an idea for buying local food using Community Collection Points which runs successfully in other areas. Residents use a convenient online platform to buy from a range of local suppliers and collect their order from a collection point near their work, home or school. Community Collection Points can make local food more affordable by making savings on delivery and economies of scale, and they’re a convenient solution for people with busy lifestyles, limited mobility and other constraints.

FoodFutures would love to hear if – and how – we can make this idea work for you. All respondents can choose to enter a prize draw and the winners can select some of the finest local food and dining in our area.

Share your thoughts by taking the short survey and get the chance to win one of three £30 vouchers to spend at one of our Food Friends partners, where the lucky winners will be spoilt for choice. Treat yourself to some fine dining at the Quarterhouse or the ReWilding, do a pre-Christmas shop at Single Step or Cockerham Goats, bag yourself some unique Christmas gifts at the Fig Tree chocolatier or head to the Cereal Box or the Herbarium for a healthy and tasty brunch or lunch.

One of the challenges for our local farmers and producers is how best to sell and distribute food to local communities, now that most people shop in supermarkets or convenience stores. As we sink deeper into the cost of living crisis, locally sourced food may sound like an ever distant luxury. But with the challenges of our globalised food system, the difficult task of connecting local producers with local customers is more urgent than ever. We need to push for a fair and healthy local food economy in which local farmers and producers can increasingly supply our local food needs and where local people can access locally produced food.

Community Collection Points help local producers distribute their produce into one place and reduce transport costs. Where would you pick your order up? From a community centre, pub, station, school playground or a neighbour’s drive?

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