The Unity Youth Centre

How fresh food is replacing fast food at a youth centre in Toxteth

Hunger and obesity are both prevalent in Toxteth, one of the most deprived areas in the UK. Some children live in food poverty while others live off fast food. Using fresh fruit and veg saved from waste by FareShare, The Unity Youth and Community Centre is providing local young people with a different option.

The Unity Youth and Community CentreKids at The Unity with Rebecca Ferguson during a visit for FareShare’s national food collection

Our community is saturated with fast food shops. When the kids have finished school we offer them a healthy cooked meal instead” explains Julie, co-ordinator at The Unity.

“Children come in and look forward to having a hot meal” she continues. “We teach our young people the importance of a healthy balanced dinner – they take part in cookery on a daily basis and look forward to being Chef of the Day. Some of the older ones live independently in sheltered accommodation so their participation in cookery is essential.”

Using food from FareShare means that The Unity can provide free breakfast clubs during the school holidays and that their food budget has gone down by 75%. They can reinvest these savings into activities and support.

Food and young people

We deliver fresh healthy food to children’s and young people’s centres across the UK because having access to nutritional food gives young people the best start in life.

  • Eating healthy meals can improve pupil’s concentration by almost 20%

*Source: Children’s Food Trust

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