Fresh Street, Stage 2

Link to Fresh Street website: Http://FreshStreet.uk

We are testing a new scheme which offers every household weekly vouchers for fresh fruit and vegetables (value £5) plus vegetable based recipes and nutritional information. All households are eligible regardless of size, type or income. Vouchers are redeemable with local independent suppliers of fresh fruit and vegetables (not supermarkets) and vouchers can be shared with others.

Our study will test the impact of this scheme (Fresh Street) on the quality of people’s diets and their health. We will also study the impact of this scheme on local economies, the environment, and local food systems.

PDF of the slides. Please feel free to share widely. We are interested particularly in finding partners. The grant funding this project pays for the research, but not the voucher delivery or the cost of the vouchers. If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact Clare Relton (c.relton@qmul.ac.uk) or Megan Blake (m.blake@sheffield.ac.uk).

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