During 2022/2023, we have delivered two major projects in the UK and Kenya. Not only have we helped hundreds of families access healthy, fresh produce, but we have also given them the tools to build a sustainable income and future through fresh produce.
In the UK, Tenderstem® has been supporting Action Against Hunger’s Social Supermarkets, which give low-income households the opportunity to pay a small donation for a week’s worth of highly nutritious groceries every week, to keep their family from going hungry.
In 2022, Tenderstem®’s product and financial donations have:
- Supported over 1,200 people through community pantries.
- Part-funded meals for almost 300 children during school holidays.
- Part-funded 400 food hampers for families in need.
- Fully-funded five cooking classes, helping families develop healthy and low-cost meals.
Not only has this increased uptake of food pantries in target areas, but it has also improved consumption of nutritious and varied diets.
Moving forwards, we will be continuing our support of social supermarkets across the UK, helping them to increase their services and food offering.
In Kenya, we are delivering an ongoing Climate Smart Kitchen Gardening project in the West Pokot County, supporting local communities with food production and building their resilience against climate change and extreme weather.
Working with 100 local women, we have provided a kitchen garden demonstration plot, and are delivering training on a range of topics, including agricultural practices and agronomy, vegetable production, and business and financial skills, to enable them to feed their families and sell their produce at local markets.
The Climate Smart Kitchen Gardening project is already leaving a legacy on the community, improving food security, reducing unemployment and increasing income levels.
Looking to the future and we have even bigger ambitions, as we expand the project, supporting up to 15 mother-to-mother groups, to improve maternal, infant, and young child feeding practices. The groups will be trained to grow nutritious foods and engage in income-generating activities, leading to better food security and livelihoods for 720 community members in West Pokot.