Eltham Councillor welcomes £36,000 in government support for Central Eltham Youth Project as provider of food for vulnerable people

By | July 24, 2020
  • New figures reveal 14 local food charities awarded a share of £776, 463 of funding for London.
  • Locally, the Central Eltham Youth Project received: £36,000.
  • 65 charities across England awarded share of more than £3.5 million from Food Charities Grant Fund to support people during the coronavirus outbreak.

Food aid charities in London were awarded over £776, 463 in government funding to help local people struggling to get food as a result of the coronavirus crisis. As a result, over 713,000 meals have been provided for people in need across London.

In total, 14 London charities have benefitted from the Government’s Food Charities Grant Fund, with grants ranging from £30,000 for small charities up to £100,000. Since the fund was launched in May, 65 charities across England have been awarded more than £3.5 million. This equates to around 3.2 million meals overall.

The grants are designed to provide immediate support to charities helping to feed those suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, including the elderly, those who have left home due to domestic abuse, or those who are struggling financially.

The Food Charities Grant Fund was part of a wider £16 million funding pot, announced in May, which has seen millions of meals provided to thousands of front line charities, with a wider programme delivered by FareShare and WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme).

Commenting, Eltham North Councillor and London Assembly Candidate Charlie Davis said:

“This support has played a crucial role in helping the vital work of charities across London that have worked tirelessly and selflessly to help those in need throughout the pandemic. I am particularly pleased to see the Central Eltham Youth Project included on this list, reflecting the work they have done locally.  I know I speak for everyone in Eltham in wanting to thank them for everything they have done, and continue to do, for some of our most vulnerable residents.

“From the unprecedented package of support the Government introduced to protect people’s jobs and incomes, to the additional support it has provided to charities and organisations working on the frontline to support others, this Conservative government has kept its word to stand behind people during these difficult times.”

Commenting, Food Minister Victoria Prentis said:

“Charities across the country are doing an amazing job of getting food supplies to the most vulnerable in our society. 

“We know that these organisations are seeing a significant increase in demand, which is why it is so important that they have the extra support they need at this challenging time.”

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About Spencer Drury

Spencer was one of the three Councillors for Eltham North Ward between 2002 and 2022. He lost his Council seat in the May 2022 elections and now occasionally contributes to debates on local issues.

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