A Taste of Tipp – Room 14 TY Reports
We are currently taking part in a competition called Young Social Innovators (Y.S.I.). The main goal of this competition is to get young people involved in an action which helps improve the lives of others in their local community.
The name of our project is a Taste of Tipp. Our aim is to help consumers make informed choices about buying locally manufactured food and drinks. The concept of our project is simple Local food = Local jobs! We qualified for the National Final that took place last week in Dublin City West Hotel and Convention Centre.
We researched the topic of consumer expenditure and found some shocking statistics. We found that on average, Irish households spend only E16 a week on locally produced products. For every E10 spent with local food businesses, E34 goes back into the local economy. But for every E10 spent with large retail multiples, only E16 is returned to the local economy. These statistics surprised us and we realised what a big difference we could make by spending our money locally. When you buy local produce, are directly supporting the local economy. You are pumping cash straight into the pockets of your neighbours and they, in turn, are able to pump that cash back into the economy.
We have made several partners during our project including the Thurles Chamber of Commerce, Tipp FM, McKevitt’s Costcutters, local Centra’s and over 20 local food producers.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.