Nottingham's largest-ever food programme is being launched in response to the COVID-19 crisis to support those most in need in the city.
The new initiative is being funded by Nottingham City Council and The Robin Hood Fund who are providing up to £29,000 in joint funding to support more than 40 food banks and social eating projects across Nottingham.
The funding will enable food poverty charity FareShare to dramatically increase its work with local organisations. Food provision will double and a dedicated food delivery infrastructure system (including vehicle and driver) will be created which will allow FareShare to cope with the increase in food volumes. This infrastructure will also ensure that pre-cooked meals created by Open Kitchens can be collected and delivered where required.
Chair of the Robin Hood Fund, Councillor Angela Kandola of Nottingham City Council, said, “As we’ve seen throughout this crisis, the most vulnerable people in our city have been those hardest hit. This has certainly been the case when it comes to ensuring people have access to food and so the work of food banks and social eating projects has never been more important than it is right now.
“Through the incredible generosity of people supporting The Robin Hood Fund and additional financial support from Nottingham City Council we have been able to work with FareShare to provide enough funding for an unprecedented level of support. The plan will increase supply and capacity and ensure that people get the food they require over the medium term.”
With vulnerable people across Nottingham still in need of support during this crisis, The Robin Hood Fund is committed to continuing its efforts to raise funds that can help those most in need. If you would like to donate to the fund, please visit the GoFundMe page.