'Essential' £50,000 council grant to support more than 10,000 Hull people in food poverty weekly

FareShare is almost entirely run by volunteers
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A Hull charity has been granted £50,000 to continue its work to distribute excess food to those who need it amid rising demand due to the cost of living crisis.

Hull City Council has approved the grant for FareShare which takes food that would otherwise go to landfill sites and gives it to charities and community groups. Council Communities Portfolio Holder Cllr Jack Haines said the charity's work was essential to helping people to cope with the effects of the cost of living crisis.

It comes as a council decision record stated 92 per cent of the groups who get food from FareShare reported increased demand throughout the cost of living crisis. The council estimates that the grant will help FareShare to support more than 10,000 people a week who are struggling with food poverty.

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The organisation's food redistribution network was also used during the coronavirus pandemic. Around half of the organisations that used FareShare in the year up to March reported that they had expanded training and support with cooking amid rising demand.

The funding follows the council's approval of its broader funding package worth around £2m to help families struggling with the cost of living. It includes extending the local free school meals holiday voucher programme, £40 school uniform vouchers for low income families help to improve households' energy efficiency.

It was financed with Government cash as part of the Household Support Fund which was extended for six months in March. Council Leader Cllr Mike Ross said the fund needed to be extended further by the future Government.

The council leader said: "Sadly, this is a national crisis which needs a national solution. The Household Support Fund provides a vital safety net for residents hit hard by the cost of living crisis. If the Government cuts this scheme thousands of people in the city will pay the price for their decision."

Speaking about the £50,000 grant, Communities Portfolio Holder Cllr Haines said: "Maintaining grant funding to ensure that surplus food is re-directed to support the voluntary sector, educational establishments and the council to support the people of our city is essential for residents to cope with the consequences of the cost of living crisis."