A local housing association has stepped in to provide vital funding for the Isle of Wight Foodbank.
Recognising the incredible work that their foodbanks across the Island have been doing to support some of the Island’s most vulnerable residents, Southern Housing Group has provided £5,000 of grant funding directly towards their running costs.
Councillor Lora Peacey-Wilcox, the Mayor of Cowes, said:
“The Isle of Wight Foodbank has been providing instrumental support over these past few months and it is great to see them being supported in return. Southern Housing Group’s support will be a huge help in our fight against food poverty and our commitment to helping the community through these challenging times. As a town, we are extremely grateful to both Southern Housing Group and the foodbank.
Anabel Palmer, Director of Community Investment and Care at Southern Housing Group, added:
‘Although the island is no longer in lockdown, the need to access high-quality, affordable food has not gone away. Southern Housing Group is keen to support Isle of Wight Foodbank in any we can to ensure no-one goes hungry.’
Foodbanks can be a critical lifeline in times of crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic has been no different. The Trussell Trust, which seeded the Isle of Wight Foodbank, found that there was an 89% increase in food parcel demand and 67% rise in household referrals to foodbanks at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with demand continuing to increase.
Southern Housing Group has also grant-funded £10,000 towards the cost of a new delivery van. Hannah King at the Isle of Wight Foodbank said:
‘The van will be a valuable addition for our collections and deliveries service, enabling us to distribute food to hubs around the island.’
The financial support for this scheme is part of Southern Housing Group’s wider food poverty strategy. Through its community investment budget, the Group is supporting a number of foodbanks and projects across London and the South East to ensure that local communities have access to healthy and affordable food.