Travel grant to boost healthy eating

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A pioneering travel grant scheme has been launched by Tuppenny Barn to enable more school children to visit the fruit and vegetable plots to learn more about the food chain, biodiversity and the therapeutic value of the “great outdoors”.

The scheme has been made possible following the support of a number of local and national funders including The Sussex Community Foundation, The Ninevah Trust, The Bassil Shippam and Alsford Trust, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Southern Cooperatives: Westbourne and Southbourne and the Southleigh Road Coop.

A total of £7,500, £250 per class, is available to schools with 15% or more pupils on free school meals within a 20-mile radius of Tuppenny Barn.

When Maggie Hayes, founder and CEO of Tuppenny Barn, launched her organic enterprise in 2005, her mission was to inform and educate the public, particularly young people, about healthy eating.

Maggie said: “We noticed the cost of travel was a prohibiting factor for a number of schools and wanted to do something to ensure all children have access to everything we do here at Tuppenny Barn.”

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