Northampton food banks receive up to £40,000 to help demand

As the need to access a food bank has soared during lock down huge grants have been dished out to help feed hungry bellies

Monday, 27th April 2020, 4:42 pm
Updated Monday, 27th April 2020, 4:45 pm
Kettering Community Unit

Northamptonshire Community Foundation, a grant giving charity that provides much-needed and often life-changing grants to some of the county’s most vulnerable and in need people, has given out £40,000 to support services that have seen a major increase in demand since the Covid-19 outbreak.

It comes as the Northamptonshire Lord Lieutenancy Emergency Fund was established to raise money for the NHS, food banks and essential services helping hospitals and patients at this time of national crisis.

The fund, facilitated by Northamptonshire Community Foundation, has given its first round of grants to a number of food banks across the county.

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Re:store Northampton, Weston Favell Food Bank, the Daylight Centre, Corby Foodbank, Kettering Community Unit and Towcester Foodbank all received funding to help support some of the most vulnerable in our communities by way of food aid.

James Saunders Watson DL, the Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, said: “We launched the fund to be available to help those who were in greatest need and not receiving attention.

"It has become abundantly evident that the food banks across our county are struggling to meet the increased demand.”

Northamptonshire Community Foundation is currently running a veg patch photo competition in order to raise money for the fund.

Gardeners, allotment holders, garden societies and anyone else who is interested can take part and upload a photo of their vegetable patch here between 6-8 May to be in with a chance of winning.

Donations to the fund can be made online here.