The Kettering Community Unit (KCU) has been awarded £3,648.17 by Northamptonshire Community Foundation through the Compton Fund.
The Kettering Community Unit is a non-profit organisation which aims to relieve and help prevent social and economic disadvantage. The group supports people with a range of needs and circumstances including unemployment, low income, physical and learning disabilities, mental health issues and low educational attainment. The group runs a food bank and an education and learning centre as well as providing affordable clothing and household goods to all of its users.
The group will use their grant to continue their ‘Food with Dignity project’ at their food bank which supports people in crisis whose health and wellbeing is significantly impacted on through inability to put food on the table. The group work with partner agencies to provide discreet access to food at the first point of contact.
Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of The Kettering Community Unit said “KCU exists to alleviate poverty in our community. The most basic need of having enough food to eat, we believe, is everybody’s right. Through our unique model of supplying agencies with food parcels to give directly to their clients has enabled us to support over 3,000 people in the last 12 months.
"In order for us to continue with this work, we often need funds to top up products we run out of and
also to pay for the running costs of our vehicle and the rent for the premise. The grant we have received from the Northamptonshire Community Foundation will help us significantly to meet these costs in the coming year.”