Ballyhoura Development is one of 14 organisations that implement and manage the Community Food Initiatives Programme (CFI) nationally.  This Initiative, which has been running since 2016, aims to positively influence the eating habits of parents and children, by showcasing healthy eating initiatives, facilitating parents to learn about nutrition and healthy food preparation, and by providing small grants to support community-led training projects.

A number of networking and information events take place each year to promote the key themes of the project:

  • Supporting an increased awareness/ knowledge around healthy eating
  • Healthy shopping
  • Budgeting and food/meal planning skills
  • Cooking skills
  • Improving availability and access to safe and healthy food options
  • Preventing food wastage, and promoting food safety and hygiene

Each year, the CFI supports three small projects which aim to promote awareness of the programmes themes, within local communities. Click here to read about some of the projects supported through the CFI since 2016.

Community Food Initiative 2021

A Healthy Eating Toolbox was recently developed by Ballyhoura Development in partnership with some of the CFI project groups and six students studying for an MSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics students at University of Limerick.

Community Food Initiatives: Healthy Food, Healthy Families 2019-2021 (booklet)

Community Food Resources Hub

Community Cooking Programmes

To find out more, please contact Taran Kelly at [email protected].

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