About food4families

What is food4families?

Girl watering

Food4families is an educational and development project that is sponsored by Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), who have extensive experience in devising and delivering educational programmes and materials in the formal sector.

Food4families is a community-based Reading project for local residents which aims to enable them to manage land in their own neighbourhoods for the sustainable growing of food for their own consumption, encourage healthier eating and lifestyle habits and develop understanding of the broader environmental, cultural and economic aspects of sustainable food production.

What does food4families do?

Strawberries

The food4families project gets people growing fruit and vegetables in their local communities. It does this through employing a development worker to engage local residents through schools and community groups. Professional horticulturalists then work with them to develop community growing plots and in building skills and understanding in food production to:

  • equip participants with the skills to grow food crops in a sustainable way
  • help participants reconnect food consumption with the process of food production
  • encourage healthier eating and lifestyle habits
  • facilitate learning about sustainable food production and resource use
  • develop participants’ understanding of the broader cultural, environmental and economic dimensions of growing food crops
  • build a local network of community based food growing projects and a broader community interest in healthy and sustainable food production and consumption.