Fa'side Fridge,The East Lothian Foodbank, was recently awarded £3,688 by The Coalfields Regeneration Trust  to fund its project. CRT Trustee Nicky Wilson met some of the project staff at Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School, Tranent, where the scheme is based.

Foodbank Trustee Liz Kilpatrick said of the award: “This gives us the perfect opportunity to build on the work of the Summer Holiday Lunch Club we’ve run in Tranent for the last two years.  The Fa’side Fridge is about more than just food, it’s also about fun and friendship.”

The Fa’side Fridge project provides a friendly, safe and non-judgemental social space where parents, carers and families can meet for tea and a chat whilst accessing healthy food and advice relevant to their needs. Members have the opportunity to try foods which may be unfamiliar, and to obtain advice on healthy food choices, cookery skills and nutrition, all of which is aimed at encouraging healthy affordable eating for the whole family.

Fresh fruit and healthy snacks will be available to take home at no cost as well as some Tuesday Tea options. The Fridge will also be inviting other groups and individuals to showcase what else is on offer in the Tranent community, and to share skills which attendees might find useful such as sports activities, growing food, and preparing to return to work.

The project is being delivered in partnership with Home Start East Lothian, Fundamental Foods, Roots and Fruits, The Fa’side Area Partnership and Sanderson’s Wynd School. Attendance for this pilot project which runs until Christmas is by invitation to local families referred by the partner agencies.

If you would like to find out more about the project, get involved or would like to be kept up to date with progress you can email the staff at [email protected].