COVID-19 emergency food programme

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are running an emergency food programme to protect children and their families from hunger. Hot meals and food packages are being made available, through a combination of home deliveries and collection points in the community, to ensure families on low incomes can put breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the table each day. A donation of just £10 can purchase the equivalent of 30 meals for a family at risk of hunger.

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Derbyshire

“Feeding Derbyshire is a countywide project aimed at finding sustainable solutions to help feed people who are struggling with low incomes and debt.”

The mission

Feeding Derbyshire are guided by the vision that Derbyshire residents have food in times of need. The group have four central aims: to build food security, through projects like the Fareshare foodhub; to find sustainable solutions to help feed people struggling with low incomes and debt; to redistribute surplus food that would otherwise be wasted; and to promote social inclusion through food.

How we work

Derbyshire County Council led the Feeding Derbyshire partnership for its first three years and has invested over £500k during that time. From April 2018 the leadership will be transferred to a local voluntary organisation, Rural Action Derbyshire, with some continued funding support from the council. 11 organisations, including charities, social enterprises, health providers, and religious organisations are actively involved in project planning and delivery.  

What we’ve achieved

Key activities implemented by Feeding Derbyshire include:

  • Support for foodbanks
  • Foodbank plus
  • FareShare food hub and FareShare Go  
  • Everyday affordable food box scheme
  • Low cost food bags in schools
  • Breakfast clubs
  • Holiday club programming
  • Social eating groups and community cafes
  • Adult education courses- cooking on a budget 

What’s next

In the coming year Feeding Derbyshire will work to scale up their projects which have had the most impact. The group are also considering strategies for reaching individuals living in the more remote rural parts of the county, through projects like warm hubs or village vending machines, and targeted social eating groups.

For more information about the pilot and how to get involved please contact Julie Hirst at julie.hirst@derbyshire.gov.uk.

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