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£16 million for food charities to provide meals for those in need

By May 11, 2020National News

The government has announced up to £16 million to provide food for those who are struggling as a result of coronavirus.*

The programme will provide millions of meals over the next 12 weeks and be delivered through charities including FareShare and WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme).

At least 5,000 frontline charities and community groups in England will benefit, including refuges, homeless shelters and rehabilitation services. It will cover rural areas as well as cities, targeting those who are struggling to get food.

Both WRAP and FareShare have well-established networks for funding local charities and delivering food, ensuring support can get to where it is needed as quickly as possible. Part of the fund will also be available for smaller food distribution charities.

These supplies will be in addition to those already donated by supermarkets, hospitality businesses, wholesalers, smaller retailers, suppliers and manufacturers who have been working collectively, co-ordinated by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD).

*Please note: this is not new money, but part of the £750 million pot announced by the Chancellor for frontline charities across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.

For more information go to the Government website (opens in a new tab)

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