Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is one of 65 charities across England awarded a share of more than £3.5 million from the Food Charities Grant Fund to support people during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Brighton charity is one of five in the South East to have benefitted from the Fund, with grants ranging from £30,000 for small charities up to £100,000
Since the fund was launched in May it has enabled the 65 charities to deliver around 3.2 million meals overall and 433,000 in the South-East.
The Conservative Group has welcomed this week’s announcement that Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is one of 5 charities in the South-East to benefit from Government Funding designed to support people during the Coronavirus outbreak.
The grants are designed to provide immediate support to charities helping to feed those suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, including the elderly, those who have left home due to domestic abuse, or those who are struggling financially.
The Food Charities Grant Fund was part of a wider £16 million funding pot, announced in May, which has seen millions of meals provided to thousands of front line charities, with a wider programme delivered by FareShare and WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme).
Conservative Group Spokesperson on Communities Dee Simson said:
“As somebody who’s been running a food hub in my ward since lockdown, I’ve seen first-hand how the food parcels supplied by the Food Partnership have enabled nearly 200 local residents to have basic food delivered every week.
“Without these many families would have struggled to feed their children and themselves because they were unable to leave their homes due to vulnerability and were struggling financially. The offer of basic and fresh food has proved a ‘life saver’ to them.”
Conservative Group Leader Steve Bell said:
“This support has played a crucial role in helping the vital work of the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership that have worked tirelessly and selflessly to help those in need in the City throughout the pandemic. I know I speak for everyone in our community in wanting to thank them for everything they have done, and continue to do, for some of our most vulnerable residents.
“From the unprecedented package of support the Government introduced to protect people’s jobs and incomes, to the additional support it has provided to charities and organisations working on the frontline to support others, this Conservative government has kept its word to stand behind people during these difficult times.”
Food Minister Victoria Prentis said:
“Charities across the country are doing an amazing job of getting food supplies to the most vulnerable in our society.
“We know that these organisations are seeing a significant increase in demand, which is why it is so important that they have the extra support they need at this challenging time.”