We are very excited to announce that Shrewsbury Food Hub has been awarded a share of two grant funding pots to support the work we do in our community.
The Government’s Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund delivered by The National Lottery Community Fund has awarded us £50k towards our Redistributing Food For Good work.
Feedback from our partner groups and Foodshares confirms the pressure that the cost of living and high food prices is putting on families. At least 3,300 people a week rely on the surplus food that we provide to help stretch family budgets. Although we have been doing all we can to support our community, our costs have soared too.
High fuel prices, repairs and maintenance for our charity, high energy prices, rising depot rent, increased costs of day-to-day consumables and surplus food purchases are adding to the pressure of running the Food Hub.
This funding which supports charities and community organisations in England dealing with the increase in cost of living, couldn’t have come at a better time. It is a much-needed boost that will help to keep the Hub’s wheels turning.
In a double success, the Hub has also secured £72k grant funding towards its Community Kitchen project from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund being delivered by Shropshire Council over the next two years.
This project funding will be used to support local people by providing free cooking activities to increase skills and bring the community together over shared food. By using surplus from the Hub, the activities will also help people reduce their food waste which will save them money and protect the planet.
Our sincere thanks to the Government, National Lottery Community Fund and Shropshire Council for helping us to continue our vital support to our community and planet.
About the funding:
The Government’s Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest community funder in the UK. Grants will support charities and community organisations in England at the frontline of dealing with the increase in the cost-of-living.
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life changes across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. More info here. Shropshire Council successfully secured nearly £15m to fund vital project across Shropshire, read the full story here.