Our Health and Wellbeing Community Grant Funding Scheme provides financial assistance to organisations delivering services to residents.
Among recent projects qualifying for support is Epping Forest Foodbank which has seen 180% leap in demand for its services.
Epping Forest Foodbank
The food bank was seed funded by the Trussell Trust which runs the largest network of food banks in the UK, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis. The principal aim is to help people break free from poverty by providing extra support to help them resolve the crises they’re facing so that they don’t need to use a food bank again in the future.
This could include things like debt advice, mental health support, or benefits guidance.
During this week’s half-term holiday Epping Forest Foodbank is supporting families with school-age children with an additional holiday hunger food parcel including a package of activities created in partnership with Red Balloon Foundation, Active Essex and Essex County Council.
Essential food and vital support
Councillor Holly Whitbread, Portfolio Holder for Housing & Communities said:
The Trussell Trust model of foodbanks relies on the support of local communities to help people in crisis and this is why Epping Forest District Council follow their principles for the support and protection of its residents.
I am pleased therefore, to say that Epping Forest District Council has agreed a service level agreement with Epping Forest Foodbank to continue its vital work supporting the most vulnerable people in the district in their time of need.
In addition to food parcels they offer referral support and signposting to many relevant services to ensure our residents get all the help and advice they need and can work to improve their circumstances.
Anyone can fall on hard times, Epping Forest Foodbank is here to support anyone who needs additional assistance by providing essential food and vital support.
In the first 6 weeks of 2021 Epping Forest Foodbank redeemed 202 foodbank vouchers for people living in the district and delivered food in a COVID-safe way to 620 people.
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If your organisation is involved in providing community work, cultural or sport activities that improve the wellbeing of residents in the Epping Forest district, why not see if you can apply for grant aid:
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