Children in North Wales are to receive more than 900 wellbeing food boxes.

The joint initiative from the Children's University and Menter Môn's Neges, together with restaurant group, Dylan's, is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

Families in Wrexham, Denbighshire, Gwynedd, Conwy, Anglesey, and Flintshire are set to benefit.

The boxes contain locally sourced ingredients and recipe cards to help the understanding of nutrition and healthy diet.

Nina Ruddle, head of public policy engagement at Wrexham University, said: "Healthy eating is a challenge for young people in certain areas, so we want to develop the food boxes with locally sourced items where possible, with the aim of encouraging families to cook together and enjoy a fresh, hearty meal."

Food and drink will be prepared and distributed by Dylan's   (Image: MONA DIGITAL)

The boxes will have three meals worth of nutritious ingredients, each accompanied by information cards with QR codes, which take them to a YouTube video with a demonstration.

"We are working with schools in each county, and there will be three meals in a box with delicious ingredients, and information cards will come with a QR code that opens to YouTube videos demonstrations, so they can cook along with them," Ms Ruddle added.

David Wylie of Menter Môn added: "We hope this will be the start of a long-running collaboration that will help families in this region."

Alongside Dylan's, the project group aims to help young individuals approach food and nutrition in a positive way, encourage healthy eating, and develop future skills.

Dylan's owner and founder, David Evans, said: "This project fits perfectly with our mission of showcasing the best that this region and nation has to offer.

"We are extremely proud to be working with schools across all counties of North Wales,"

The project aims to help people living in areas of food poverty in North Wales, aiming to end social inequality and building significant partnerships to tackle these issues.

Gwynedd deputy leader Cllr Nia Jeffreys said: "This scheme is to be welcomed and I hope it will complement the other food schemes currently available within the county such as the Gwynedd Community Hubs and Food Pantries."

Local authorities in Wales - Wrexham, Flintshire, Anglesey, Gwynedd, Cardiff, and Caerphilly councils – have previously committed to the Larder Cymru Welsh Food for Schools scheme, aiming to increase the volume and range of Welsh produce used by education catering departments across the country.

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