Warwickshire residents invited to become Food Champions - The Rugby Observer

Warwickshire residents invited to become Food Champions

Rugby Editorial 6th Jan, 2024   0

CARING Warwickshire residents are invited to take part in a new volunteering opportunity to champion healthy eating across the county.

Food Champion volunteers will work with local groups and communities to teach people how to eat more healthily, in a way that is affordable and environmentally sustainable.

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is encouraging applications from people who enjoy helping others and sharing knowledge.

No specific dietary expertise or formal qualifications are required. However, volunteers will be expected to provide guidance to community groups on key aspects of the Warwickshire Food Strategy – which has been developed by the Warwickshire Food Forum to take action against food poverty and ensure a supply of healthy, affordable food.

Free online training sessions will be provided in January and February on a range of topics. These will cover ‘Kind Communities Kind Food’, a WCC-led community engagement programme that provides live cooking demonstrations and information about how to adopt healthier lifestyles.

Coun Heather Timms, WCC’s spokeswoman for Environment, Climate and Culture, said: “As we navigate the challenges faced by the rising costs of living, the delivery of Warwickshire’s Food Strategy to help people make affordable, healthy, and sustainable food choices has never been more important.

“If you are looking for new opportunities this year to help others, then I encourage you to join our free training sessions in January and February to become a Warwickshire Food Champion. Together, we can promote healthy food and well-being changes that are accessible and affordable to all and make a positive difference to Warwickshire’s local communities.”

The training sessions will be held online on January 24, January 31, February 7 and February 21, and February 28, all starting at 9pm.

Contact Mike Slemensek at [email protected] for more information, or to catch up on any missed sessions.

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