Up to £5,000 available to groups helping those struggling to feed their families

09/09/2020

Funding made available to food banks, food projects such as larders and fridges and similar ideas

A pot of £70,000 is set to be distributed by Cherwell District Council to help voluntary not-for-profit organisations who work to relieve hardship and prevent food insecurity.   Each organisation can claim up to £5,000.

Examples of projects that can be funded include community food banks and food projects such as larders and fridges.   However the scheme is not limited to these areas.

The funding has come from the Community Hub Emergency Relief Grant, provided by the Department for Food and Rural Affairs through Oxfordshire County Council.

Councillor Andrew McHugh, Cherwell’s lead member for health and wellbeing said: “It is clear we will be feeling the knock-on effects of COVID-19 for many months to come. Sadly, it seems the most vulnerable members of our community will be the hardest hit and it’s crucial they are supported through this difficult time.

“In Cherwell, we are fortunate to have a long list of established organisations, alongside a number of newly formed groups, who have operated solidly during lockdown to help those in need. I would urge these groups to check to see if they are eligible for a slice of the Community Hub Emergency Relief Grant, to enable them to continue their essential work”.

The grants are aimed at constituted voluntary groups to support programmes of work that reduce food insecurity and alleviate the hardships of those living in the Cherwell district during the COVID-19 crisis.

Applications to the fund can be made now.   The fund will close on 31 March 2021, or sooner if funds are exhausted.

You can find out more here.


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