Coventry

“We empower people and organisations in Coventry to design strategies and deliver activities to end food poverty, build resilience and influence change. Our vision is a food resilient city where no one goes hungry.”

The mission

Feeding Coventry is a small charity with big ambition: to create a food resilience city in Coventry where nobody goes hungry. We’re committed to working with partners and local communities to tackle the root causes of hunger, build food security, provide low cost food to vulnerable groups and support people in crisis.

How we work

Feeding Coventry is a registered charity and part of the nationwide Feeding Britain pilot areas. We’re governed by a trustees board and supported by a regular steering group made up of partners from across the city. The Feeding Coventry steering group is chaired by Cllr. Faye Abbott, and receives project support from Tina Wukics, a local government officer.

What we’ve achieved

Key activities implemented over the past year include:

  • Holiday Food and Fun Clubs across the city
  • Food Poverty Awareness Week
  • The design and launch of the Coventry Food Charter
  • Food Services Mapping Tool – an online tool which maps out food aid provision across Coventry
  • Supporting the Turn your change into action for rough sleepers in Coventry
  • Produced a Feeding Coventry leaflet, giving information about emergency food in Coventry over the Christmas and New Year period
  • A successful joint bid with Feeding Britain and Cheshire West for funds from the Big Lottery to establish a local Citizens’ Supermarket
  • The successful asset transfer from Coventry City Council of Foleshill Community Centre. The building has been part renovated and we are giving an asset back to everyone who lives in Foleshill for inclusive use
  • In March 2020 we opened Coventry’s first ‘Social Supermarket’, an innovative model for providing affordable, good quality food alongside local produce and goods and wraparound advice services

What’s next

By the end of the project we want the community to take ownership of a discounted food scheme, a community café, school holiday hunger programmes, cooking programmes and vocational support, peer mentoring and free, confidential advice.

Related resources & materials

Coventry Food Charter

In the news

First look inside Coventry’s social supermarket where you pay £4 to fill a bag – Coventry Telegraph

Community, Sustainability, and Resilience

For more information about the pilot and ways to get involved please visit their website.

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