Vote for us this February in the Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative

Operation Farm are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative to fund their ‘Operation Farmer Project’ aimed at

‘Inspiring the next generation of cooks & gardeners’

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant and Operation Farm is one of the groups on the shortlist!!

The aim of the Operation Young Farmer Project is to ….offer kids workshops in:

  • Gardening workshops to reconnect kids with nature and where their food comes from – container planting, community orchard & allotment skills and seed planting workshops to other kids at community events. This will link to the curriculum and use tools from the RHS Campaign for School Gardening
  • Cookery sessions to encourage kids to cook and eat healthy produce and teach vital life skills – ‘cook what is grown’ sessions, prepare food to run stalls at community outdoor events

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Operation Farm Board Member, Ali Shockledge said,

“We are crossing our fingers, spades and wooden spoons for this funding, as the project is really needed in this area; kids are telling us they want to try out gardening and cooking for the first time or for more experienced kids it’s about extending their knowledge and skills”

Voting is open in stores from 1  February to 25 February. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tokens are available in the following local stores:

  • Glossop
  • Hyde
  • Chadderton
  • Stalybridge
  • Shaw Express
  • Lees Rd – Oldham
  • Failsworth Extra
  • Oldham Extra
  • Greenfield
  • Oldham
  • Denton Express
  • Hattersley Extra
  • Ashton-u-Lyne Express
  • Hadfield Station Rd express

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £25 million to more than 3,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

 “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for February. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s national Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

 “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

The Bags of Help scheme is permanently open for applications and anyone can nominate a project at any time – whether it’s Tesco customers, colleagues or the community groups themselves. Just ask in store for more information or visit the Bags of Help website, visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp/