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Community group donates 10 tonnes of vegetables to food banks



A community group in County Fermanagh has grown 10 tonnes (10,000kg) of vegetables to help meet a huge increase in demand for help from food banks.


The Veg Bank Project supplies nutritious, fresh produce to supplement donations from shops and supermarkets.


Its seeds were sewn during the first lockdown by Dianne Little and Trevor Armstrong.


The pair are from Letterbreen and Mullaghdun Partnership.


They contacted Wilson's Country in Portadown, County Armagh, and the potato grower agreed to donate two tonnes of seed potatoes.


With help from farmers, schools, men's sheds, community groups and individuals, the potatoes were planted in fields and raised beds across Fermanagh.


They were also given cabbages, leeks and onions, as well as growing thousands of carrots from seed.


'People who donated are needing food'
Dianne Little said the project had generated a large amount of goodwill, and people who had turned to the food bank for help had been involved.


"People who used to donate to the food bank are now needing the food bank - nobody knows what's going to happen," she said.


"If we can get sustainable, fresh, good nutritious food growing in the community it is good for everybody."


Tom Maguire, one of the famers who provided land for the project, added: "It's everybody pulling together and that really makes it.


"In this depressing time, it's just wonderful to see something positive and really uplifting as well."


'They could have been going anywhere'
A class of P6 children from Jones Memorial Primary School, in Enniskillen, have been helping to harvest the potatoes.


Their teacher Gareth Barbour said after all the disruption of Covid-19 the pupils were shocked when they heard they were getting out of the classroom on a school trip.


"Little did they know they were going to a field, but in terms of happiness we could have been going anywhere," he said.


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