New support for food charities

The Government has announced up to £16m 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 (the Waste and Resources Action Programme).

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

The supplies will be in addition to those already donated by supermarkets, hospitality businesses, wholesalers, smaller retailers, suppliers and manufacturers.

Part of the fund will also be available for smaller food distribution charities.

Recently, as part of its “hidden heroes” coverage during the Covid-19 crisis, Footprint told the story of two individuals that have taken it upon themselves to deliver unwanted food.

Floris Ten Nijenhuis has led an army of furloughed workers that is feeding 2,000 healthy meals to frontline NHS staff every week, whilst Petko Petkoff has been working 12 hour days to redistribute unwanted food to those who need it throughout London.

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