Oldham Council has secured £150,000 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund for participating in Food Chains 4 EU, a new Europe-wide project focussed on creating environmentally sustainable food chains.
The project involves supporting innovation through community growing, cooking and marketing locally produced food aswell as reducing food miles and redistributing surplus food.
They will be working with Manchester Metropolitan University and groups as far and wide as as far and wide as the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Italy and Romania.
Oldham Food Network will also be closely involved in the project, helping engage local residents, groups and businesses.
Local Councillor Barbara Brownridge said “Members of Oldham Food Network do a fantastic job of inspiring communities to grow, cook, educate and share food.
“We’re now hoping this project will take that work one step further.
Abdul Jabbar, Deputy Leader of Oldham Council added “It’s a win-win and thanks to the external funding we have received, won’t cut in to our budget for core services.”