Allchurches Trust gives £100k to help charities fight food poverty amidst pandemic
As the UK enters a fourth week of pandemic lockdown and millions continue to go hungry, Allchurches Trust has announced it will give £100,000 to FareShare as part of a quarter of a million pounds funding package supporting four national organisations working collaboratively to tackle increasing food poverty.
FareShare – the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors that is made up of 17 independent organisations – has seen a sharp spike in demand for its services during the Coronavirus crisis, with an accompanying increase in costs as it adapts to the changing demands of the situation.
The charity takes good quality surplus food from right across the food industry and, under normal circumstances, gets it to almost 11,000 frontline charities and community groups.
Given the communal nature of many of the services for which FareShare provides food – such as community lunch clubs, before and after school clubs and drop-in services – lockdown conditions mean that those who normally rely on FareShare food will be at greater risk of food deprivation.
Funding from Allchurches Trust will help FareShare continue to adapt its operations, including switching from providing ingredients for meal preparation to providing food in household-appropriate parcels for collection or distribution. It is also creating new distribution hubs and registering hundreds of new charities and community groups to receive FareShare food to help people who need it most.
Lindsay Boswell, FareShare Chief Executive, said: “FareShare has dramatically increased the amount of food we’re getting to frontline charities delivering food onto the doorsteps of older people, those with serious illnesses and families facing severe financial hardship. Even though we’ve almost doubled the amount of food we’re getting out to charities across the UK, demand remains high, and the number of charities who have applied to get food from FareShare has tripled.
“This generous donation from Allchurches Trust will help us to put more delivery vans on the road, keep our warehouses open for longer, and get vital food supplies out to hundreds more organisations providing a lifeline to those in need in their communities.”
Tim Carroll, Chairman of Allchurches Trust, said: “FareShare uses its local connections and in-depth knowledge of charity and community partners to reach those most in need on a national scale, ensuring the widest impact possible. This was a critical factor in our decision to provide funding to the charity, as well as its ability to quickly adapt and scale to the constantly changing situation and its strong connections with other charities tackling food poverty.
“As the lockdown continues, millions of people are going without food or missing meals, making the funding and support of organisations like FareShare even more critical.”
Allchurches Trust, along with many other Christian funders, recognises that the Covid-19 pandemic is an exceptional event that will have a significant impact on its beneficiaries and the people and places they support. You can read a message from chairman, Tim Carroll, outlining Allchurches Trust’s evolving response to the pandemic here.
* The four organisations receiving funding from Allchurches Trust as part of its Coronavirus funding response include FareShare, The Trussell Trust, Feeding Britain and Transforming Lives for Good. More news will be released about these grants in the coming weeks.