Forge Academy Will Feed Community with £4,000 Award

Ormiston Forge Academy’s Food Technology department are the proud recipients of a £4,000 grant, courtesy of the Tesco Bags Of Help scheme.

The Tesco Bags Of Help scheme is funded by sales of the reusable Bag For Life in Tesco stores nationwide, to encourage shoppers to reduce their consumption of single-use plastic carrier bags. Tesco work with national charity Groundwork to administer the Bags Of Help grants every 3 months to outstanding projects in the UK that contribute to improving local communities. So far, Bags of Help has awarded over £80 million in grants to over 27,000 community projects since launching in October 2015.

Ormiston Forge Academy’s proposal was one of three nominated projects that customers could vote for in local Tesco stores this Summer, with voting closing on 30th June.

The grant will help to fund a special outreach project spearheaded by the Academy that will work with Forge students, local primary schools and the wider community of Cradley Heath. The project will see the Food Technology department provide cookery sessions and promote healthy lifestyles within the area.

Rebecca Potter, Lead Practitioner in Food and Hospitality for Ormiston Forge Academy said:

“I am absolutely delighted that we have received this award. We are incredibly lucky to have such enthusiastic and committed students who are so engaged with Food Technology as a subject, and I am looking forward to sharing this enthusiasm with the wider community. We have already invested part of the grant into brand new equipment and aprons for the project, and we are looking forward to the future.”

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