Lothian MSP Neil Findlay met representatives from the Eden Project in the Scottish Parliament last week to discuss the Big Lunch.
The Eden Project is “an educational charity [that] connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future” . The charity formed the idea of the Big Lunch from this premise. The project brings people together to share food and friendship in order to reduce loneliness, stimulate conversation and make positive conversations in the community.
Research completed on the Big Lunch in Scotland say that it contributed to bringing people, from a range of backgrounds, together; made people feel safer in their communities and the majority of people made new friends.
Neil Findlay MSP is interested in the benefits of community dining projects, like the Big Lunch, and hopes that they can be rolled out across Scotland.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“The benefits of community dining projects, like the Big Lunch, are undeniable. They have helped reduce loneliness and boost feelings of togetherness in the local community. I hope to see these projects develop and expand across Lothian and beyond.