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Three people tending a large area for food growing, including raised beds, growing areas, a shed and greenhouse - surrounded by trees Three people tending a large area for food growing, including raised beds, growing areas, a shed and greenhouse - surrounded by trees

Call out for stories……….

By Sara Venn

Whilst there is no doubt the entire world is in an unprecedented situation, and certainly one that there is little experience of in most people’s living memory, there is a lot of blame going on across the mainstream media. Whilst of course we recognise this is a horrifying crisis, and that should never be undermined, there is a silver lining and the stories of communities connecting and extraordinary work going on to ensure the entire country gets fed in one that brings hope to the situation and it’s one we wanted to focus on and tell the stories of.

Over and again through crises of this size the one thing we all know is that food becomes central to keeping people well, connecting people and supporting them through difficult times. From the Dig for Victory campaign during WW2 to the way the Incredible Edible Todmorden folk come together and support their community during the horrific Calder Valley floods, food is always central to the response within communities. It pulls people together, creates kindness and connects everyone. But most importantly food forces people to leave their agendas at the door and focus on those who are struggling and in times such as these that is vital.

So whilst we encourage all Incredible Edible groups to stay safe, we are interested to find out how groups are coping with the crisis and how they are supporting the work being done in towns and cities across the country and indeed the world. So this is a call out for groups to get in touch and let us know what they are doing and how they are supporting their own communities during lockdown. If you get in touch through the website we’ll be in touch.

 

And in the meantime, please stay safe.