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Redditch charities and organisations who distribute food and other essentials to families in need throughout the Borough have benefited from nearly £89,000 of Government funds.

The cash is part of a £596k pot which was given to Worcestershire County Council by DEFRA as part of its Food and Well-being Grants Scheme and which had been split across local authorities.

In Redditch the following was handed over;

Amount:

To cover:

Redditch Foodbank

£45,000

Food and Essentials and white goods (still to be confirmed)

Support Redditch Emergency Network (SREN)

£22,000

Food parcels, hot meals and essentials for families, and single people (using the Council's Financial Inclusion Team data and other partners data to identify those in most need)

Act on Energy

£11,806

Energy Debt and Bills

Redditch East Stronger Together (REST)

£10,000

Ensure that FSM and vulnerable children in east of Redditch recieve vouchers over hald term for food. Provide supplementary Christmas Food Hampers for vulnerable families in the East of the town. Finally if there is any money left over we will keep a "voucher" bank whcih scholls can access for their vulnerable but not Pupil Premium/FSM children whose families are in need of additional help. 

Total:

£88,806

Redditch Borough Council Leader Matt Dormer, whose Portfolio also covers Grants to the Voluntary Sector, said: “As a Borough I think we pride ourselves on our community spirit and how we all come together to help each other when the going gets tough.

“We have been working with our partners, including the YMCA to help distribute Happiness Hampers and our Starting Well Team to deliver Recipe Boxes to families in need over this half-term holiday.

“These include food, recipes with ingredients – thanks to Tesco and Aldi for these - and activities to keep the youngsters to keep and enjoy.

“This latest cash boosts means the hard work of these agencies can continue because no-one in this Borough should go hungry or be without the bare necessities.”

For residents who are struggling at the moment help is at hand. Click on worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help or call 01905 768053