Published Wednesday, 17 November 2021
A campaign to help support the families in the city that need food most has been launched and everyone is invited to help.
The charitable organisations who run the ‘social supermarkets’ across the city have been struggling to get enough donated food due to the shortage of lorry drivers and increased demand for their help, but the Community Resilience Team has devised a Christmas Donations Campaign to support families that need to use them the most.
People can text LOVE to 70560 to donate £5 or donate food items to over 15 drop off points across the city.
Money raised through the Text donations will be used by Moat House Community Trust to bulk purchase non-donated food items for all the partner charitable organisations which will hopefully support families not just over Christmas, but into January.
Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said:
“This great initiative allows people that are able to help others who are less fortunate, donate as little or as much as they want. Every donation will be used by the local organisations running the social supermarkets so that vulnerable families can have enough food.”
Sharon Thomas, Community Resilience Lead, said:
“These amazing organisations, most of who are volunteers have been working flat out supporting people in their community through the pandemic. They need our help now more than ever and I know the people who live and work in Coventry will want to support this campaign. These donations will make such a significant difference to them ensuring those families and people who need support get that help over the festive period and beyond.”
Coventry’s Lord Mayor, Cllr John McNicholas, added:
“I visited one of the local food hubs recently and the work that the volunteers and organisations do to help local families is outstanding. This project will help families that need the necessities some of us take for granted, during the winter months and festive period when finances can already be stretched.”
Drop off points include The Moat House Community Trust: Henley Green Grub Hub, The Hope Centre, Canley Community Centre, Cheylesmore Food Hub, SDA Food Hubs in Radford & Tile Hill, Holbrooks Community Centre, Feeding Coventry, Hope Community Project, Carriers of Hope: World Food Hub, Stoke Heath Community Centre, Stoke Aldermoor Life Centre, Willenhall Food Hub, St Francis Food Hub & The Rose Centre in Spon End.
The Community Resilience Team has gained support from Severn Trent and local developers Bowmer & Kirkland to help the campaign, by collecting food from their employees and displaying the posters. Local Group, Business in the Community have been contacted to get more businesses involved.
Coventry City Council, Friargate & Whitley depot staff will be supporting the campaign, collecting and donating food.