There's still time to become a Warwickshire Food Champion - The Leamington Observer

There's still time to become a Warwickshire Food Champion

THERE’S still time to become a Warwickshire food champion volunteer.

​These volunteers will get to work with local groups and communities across the county to equip people with the right knowledge about how to eat more healthily, in a way that is affordable, and that contributes to the environment in more sustainable ways.

No specific dietary expertise or formal qualifications are required to become a volunteer, but free online training sessions are being provided to equip each individual with the necessary tools and knowledge.

The first two training sessions took place in January and were well attended with at least 30 prospective volunteers. The topics covered included the public health challenges faced in Warwickshire relating to diet and food inequalities, and what forms the basis of a healthy and sustainable diet.

The remaining training sessions take place on February 21 and February 28.

To find out more contact Mike Slemensek at [email protected]

Warwickshire County Council’s environment spokesperson Coun Heather Timms said: “It was a pleasure to attend the first food champion session to provide an introduction to the volunteer training and the Warwickshire food strategy, and to virtually meet so many people who are passionate about food and wanting to help others in making more affordable, healthy, and sustainable food choices.

“Volunteers are an integral part of our local communities, and I encourage anyone who would like to get involved in volunteering to become a Warwickshire food champion and empower more people to make healthier food and well-being changes that are accessible and affordable to all.”

The volunteers will contribute towards the wider work of the Warwickshire food strategy 2023-26, which has been developed by the Warwickshire Food Forum partnership. The strategy focuses on taking action against food poverty, and being able to make good quality, healthy and affordable food available for all across the county.

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