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Brighton & Hove Food Partnership’s name their latest food hero!¬†

Graham Robson July 17, 2018

Gary Pargeter, manager of Lunch Positive, named a Brighton & Hove Food Partnership Food Hero.

Gary Pargeter
Gary Pargeter

BRIGHTON & Hove Food Partnership Food Hero awards celebrate people in the city who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve our food system and support others to access healthy, sustainable food.

Gary was nominated for the award for his work with the charity, Lunch Positive, the HIV lunch club, which every Friday offers a healthy and enjoyable meal in a safe and supportive space for all people in the city living with and affected by HIV.

He set up the project 10 years ago with a group of friends and it reaches out to everyone with HIV, making a special effort to include those with complex needs, including mental health issues, other health issues if their HIV is not easily managed, drug or alcohol issues, or those who are simply lonely or isolated.

Emily O‚ÄôBrien, Policy and Partnership Manager at Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, said: ‚ÄúResearch shows that¬†shared meals¬†play¬†a hugely important¬†role¬†in addressing food poverty,¬†as well as reducing social isolation.¬†Lunch Positive¬†perfectly embodies that vision. He is an amazing Food Hero.”

Gary Pargeter added: “We are the only open gathering of the HIV community on a regular basis. For some of our clients, coming to us once a week is the only regular access they have to a cooked meal. And for some people it is their only social contact, especially if they have low mood or depression. 

¬†‚ÄúI love the job. I feel very privileged¬†being named a Food¬†Hero.¬†When you love something you do, when someone recognises it, it‚Äôs a shock ‚Äď as you love what you do anyway.¬†¬†It‚Äôs the ‚Äėhealthy icing on the cake‚Äô!‚Ä̬†

Gary won a¬†meal out for two, donated by¬†zero waste pioneers‚ÄĮSilo.

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