Emergency Food Poverty Scheme launched

Date: 

Thursday, 10 December, 2020
Surrey Heath Borough Council has launched an Emergency Food Poverty Scheme to support local-not-for-profit groups delivering services to those experiencing hardship in the Borough. 
 
The details of the scheme were agreed at the Full Council meeting on 9 December, following a related Motion being passed regarding Child Poverty in the Borough at the 4 November Full Council meeting. 
 
This scheme is in addition to, and is not intended to replace, the funding pledged by the Government on 9 November 2020 to meet the costs of free school meal provision from December 2020 - December 2021. 
 
The £20,000 scheme offers funding to registered charities, CIOs or constituted groups who are working to help meet the local food poverty need. 
 
Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Support and Safeguarding, Cllr Josephine Hawkins, said: “Unfortunately, food poverty is an increasing issue in Surrey Heath and beyond – we hope that with this scheme we can help support the various organisations and charities in the Borough who are doing such vital work to support those most in need.”  
 
Applications are now open for the scheme - for more information, including an online application form, go to the Emergency Food Poverty Scheme webpage.    
 
This scheme targets support for groups and organisations helping those in need - individuals and families who require help with food parcels should visit the Citizens Advice Surrey Heath website or call them on 01276 417900.