Food poverty grants

Swansea Labour backing grants awarded to groups fighting food poverty

Swansea Labour is delighted charities and volunteers tackling food poverty are being supported by the City Council with funding from the Welsh Government.

Seven groups, who help to tackle food poverty and address food insecurity in around Swansea, have been awarded grants to cover equipment, training and expenses.

The groups being helped are Swansea Community Fridge, Matt’s Café, Swansea Night Shelter, Sketty HOP Foodbank and Pontarddulais Partnership, St. Mary’s Church and Unity in Diversity.

Swansea Community Fridge distributes surplus food from a variety of sources, including supermarkets, restaurants and domestic contributors. Run by the charity Caer Las, the scheme also helps to reduce food waste across the city, while benefiting the wider community.

The grant will help to develop an outreach service and mobile pop-up provision and develop information systems through an app to help target areas of greatest demand.

Matt’s Café and Swansea Night Shelter are also being helped to purchase extra equipment including commercial fridges. Sketty HOP Foodbank and Pontarddulais Partnership will be able to develop their services with the council’s support.

And funding is also going to St. Mary’s Church,  which provides a free breakfast every Tuesday and opens up its facilities to the homeless, and Unity in Diversity, which runs weekly drop in sessions for asylum seekers and refugees, has also received funding for a fridge and food.

Alyson Pugh, Swansea Council Cabinet Member for Better Communities, said: “Swansea Council is committed to reducing poverty and the impacts that poverty has upon residents.

“These grants will help support our partners in continuing and expanding the vital services that they provide.”

Cllr Pugh added: “There are some wonderful examples in Swansea of innovative schemes that help people in their time of need.

“We are very keen to play our part in supporting charities and organisations who work to tackle food poverty and address food insecurity in Swansea and I would urge them to get in touch.”

Applications for the next round of funding from the council’s Food Poverty Fund closes at 10am on Monday January 13.

For further information contact: FoodPoverty@swansea.gov.uk

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