New fund to help cope with food poverty

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A new food poverty fund is being launched.

The East Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) will launch its Access to Food in the Community Fund at the next board meeting on Wednesday, September 9.

The grant has been set up in response to the growth of emergency food parcel services in the area and a greater reliance on lunch clubs and community cafes which provide affordable and nutritional meals.

Lunch clubs, breakfast clubs and community cafes are recognised as a key provider of healthy eating options providing a vital service.

However, many of these schemes are dated and in need of new equipment so the AAP is responding with a grant available for groups to set up new clubs or improve existing ones by replacing kitchen equipment.

Alan Miller, chair of East Durham AAP, said: “We really hope that this new fund will benefit a lot of people by helping organisations to buy much-needed equipment that will allow them to keep providing community food venues in East Durham.”

The meeting takes place at The Glebe Centre, Durham Place, Murton, at 6pm. For further information contact 03000 262054 or eastdurhamaap@durham.gov.uk