Co-op funding boost to help tackle food poverty

Date Posted:29/10/2020


Community groups working to help fight hunger are set to receive a slice of a £1.5 million funding boost raised through sales of the Co-op UK summer picnic range. The funding boost has been donated to the National Emergencies Trust and is being distributed by 46 community foundations across the UK.

Locally, Northamptonshire Community Foundation has launched its Co-op Food Fund which will be open for applications from Monday 26 October to Friday 13 November. During this time food charities and other community organisations can apply for funding to support access to food and sustainable solutions to food poverty.

Deputy CEO Rachel McGrath said: "We are delighted to have launched this fund on behalf of the Co-op in order to provide much needed food aid during the COVID-19 pandemic and to fund local sustainable solutions for addressing food poverty in our communities and neighbourhoods. This timely fund will help resource local groups to provide support to some of the most vulnerable people and protect people’s health and wellbeing especially families facing financial hardship."

Since April and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Northamptonshire Community Foundation has already awarded £301,717.91 to 105 projects specifically providing food aid to vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 crisis. Overall Northamptonshire Community Foundation has allocated £1.8 million in grant awards since 1 April 2020.

Northamptonshire groups can apply to the Co-op Food Fund here.

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