IRLAM Community Fire Station is going bananas as it hosts an
initiative designed to get local people eating healthily.
Working in partnership with City West Housing Trust, (CWHT) the
Love Fruit and Veg initiative provides healthy and affordable food
to members of the community as an alternative to supermarkets.
Firefighter Dave Pike said: "Irlam Fire Station is used as a
packing and distribution centre as part of the scheme, so once a
week volunteers come in and pack food bags before they're taken to
a number of food clubs across West Salford.
"It's great to be involved and we signed a partnership agreement
with CWHT after our station was recommended by Salford Health
Improvement Scheme as being perfect for the initiative because
Irlam is a community fire station.
"The scheme allows Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
(GMFRS) to access hard to reach communities and distribute fire
safety messages to them while forging strong links with our
GMFRS were peachy keen to get involved with the Love Fruit and
Veg project after CWHT carried out a successful pilot scheme in
Little Hulton and Eccles last year.
Now Irlam Fire Station is the main packing and distribution
centre as it is rolled out across West Salford with the help of
Â£10,000 from The Big Lottery Fund.
Viv Simon, Head of Enterprise for CWHT said: "It's great to work
in partnership with GMFRS as part of this vital initiave to ensure
that affordable fruit and vegetables are available to all residents
in West Salford.
"It's well known that Salford's life expectancy is lower than
the national average and diet and lifestyle has a big part to play.
By making fresh fruit and vegetables affordable and locally
available we hope to help thousands of local residents improve
"We're especially proud of this initiative because as well as
promoting healthy living it also promotes social enterprise by
giving communities the opportunity to develop their own local food
It's hoped The Big Lottery Funded initiative will develop into a
sustainable social enterprise.
As well as being the initiative's packing and distribution
centre, Irlam Community Fire Station also operates as a food club
every Thursday, from 12 noon to 1.30pm.
Residents can buy a family sized bag of fruit and veg for just
Â£4.50 or a smaller bag for up to two people for Â£3.00 at 13 food
clubs across Salford.
For more information about the Love Fruit and Veg scheme visit