Charnwood Community Action Reaches 10k Milestone
Charnwood Community Action has officially distributed 10,000 food parcels to local people in need, since the initiative began in March.
The partnership is led by Charnwood Borough Council, The Bridge (East Midlands) and John Storer Charnwood, amongst other local voluntary groups.
Staff members of The Bridge have helped with referrals, packing, fundraising and distribution within the project.
Since the beginning of lockdown, Charnwood Community Action (CCA) has been working to ensure consistent food provision to those in food poverty, while ensuring safety and social distancing for staff, volunteers and recipients. It has provided a centralised approach to tackling food poverty, while local food banks and projects were forced to close throughout the pandemic.
CCA has regularly supported upwards of 600 households per week throughout the lockdown period, reaching it's recent milestone on the 6th August, whereby the Mayor visited the project to mark the deliverance of the 10,000th food parcel.
Food poverty has risen sharply in recent months, as households struggle to overcome the financial instability that Covid-19 has caused, with cases of furlough, redundancies and Universal Credit claims all increasing.
To keep up to date with the re-opening of local food banks and projects, you can check the Charnwood Food Poverty Group website.
To find out how Charnwood Community Action can support you, or to request a food parcel, visit the John Storer website or call The Bridge on 0800 038 5964.