(Reposted from Adur and Worthing Council website)
Vital funding worth more than £15,000 has gone towards emergency food provision in Adur and Worthing to meet the increasing demand on the services from people impacted by the COVID pandemic.
Since the first lockdown in March, thousands of residents across Adur and Worthing have turned to emergency food providers for help with food. With increasing numbers of people impacted by financial hardship - either through job loss or being unable to work - this number is expected to rise further this year as the fallout from the pandemic continues.
To ensure there is enough food for everyone throughout the pandemic, Adur & Worthing Councils have been working with Community Works to support local projects to distribute essential food supplies to the local community.
The Councils have contributed £15,000 towards additional supplies for emergency food provision and have created temporary storage space at Worthing Town Hall. However, the need locally is so great that local residents are being urged to donate what they can to help keep families fed.
Cllr Kevin Boram, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, said:
“During the pandemic there has been a huge demand on our emergency food providers, as an increasing number of people have no choice but to turn to the food banks for help. By networking our resources we aim to ensure sure that no one goes without and that there's enough food to go round.”
Cllr Val Turner, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, said:
“The emergency food providers - which range from the established food banks to small residents' groups that have been set up to support their neighbours - remain heavily dependent on donations, which is why we are urging local residents to help by continuing to donate - food and money - to help those in need.”
Donations of food can be delivered directly to Worthing Town Hall.
To find your nearest food bank or find out how to make a donation, please see our:
Photo: Adur & Worthing Councils have contributed £15,000 towards emergency food supplies (photo credit Worthing Food Bank)