We are delighted to announce that our application to Tesco Stronger Starts for a grant to help purchase new food technology equipment has been successful and will now go to an in-store vote. This means that when you make a purchase at a local Tesco store (from the first week of October to mid-January 2024) you will receive one of the blue tokens which can be popped into the voting container to support Alec Hunter’s project.

The Stronger Starts grant would be used to help purchase equipment for the food technology department:

‘Food Education for a Healthy, Sustainable Future’
Teaching future generations how to make nutritious, economical dishes while considering the environmental impact of their food choices. The funding will be spent on equipment such as new vegetable knives for the food rooms and food processors and air fryers so all Key Stage 3 students will benefit as well as those taking a food related course at Key Stage 4.

Three local projects have been shortlisted and the project with the highest number of votes will be awarded £1,500, the second placed project £1,000, and the third placed project will receive £500.

The Tesco Stores taking part where you can cast your vote are: Braintree Town Centre, Mark’s Farm, Great Notley and Tesco Express (Coggeshall Road).

Voting opens in the first week of October until mid-January 2024 and customers can cast their vote using the token given to them at the check-out each time they shop.

Tesco works with the charity Groundwork to run its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £1,500, awarded to local community projects, with a particular focus on children and young people.