A new initiative to tackle food poverty has been launched by The Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
The trust, which is the only organisation dedicated to supporting the UK's former coal mining communities, has joined forces with Company Shop to award fast track funds (in the form of membership e-vouchers) to local projects that deliver food provision in the community, this includes food banks, food parcel schemes and meal delivery services.
The Company Shop Group is the UK's largest commercial redistributor of food and household products and sells surplus food and household items from well-known retailers and brands at significantly discounted prices.
Projects can apply for up to £2,500 and if successful, will be granted a Company Shop membership. The discounts offered means for every £10 spent, a project will typically get £30 in goods, so for a £2,500 award, a project could receive goods up to the value of £7,500. In addition to the trust’s £50,000 commitment to the fund, Company Shop will value match any applications that deliver food provision for families and children.
In regards to Nottingham city, the nearest Company Shop is located in Long Eaton (see full address and opening times here). Eligible coalfield wards in Nottingham are Bestwood, Bulwell and Bulwell Forest. Slightly further afield in Nottinghamshire, Broxtowe, Gedling, Bassetlaw, Ashfield and Mansfield are also referenced. To see a full list of all eligible wards in the East Midlands, click here.
The scheme is being delivered on a rolling basis with no application deadline. The programme will close once all funds available have been allocated. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.
For more information and to apply, click here.