Food parcels were something that we only used to provide at Christmas, however, when the effects of Covid kicked in, many previously working parents were furloughed and monies rapidly dried up.
We found several ways of making sure that local children did not go hungry, working in partnership with local retailers and farmers to bring nutritious food to those who needed it most.
Our charity partner, the Midcounties Co-operative, provided food vouchers that can be used in their local stores for those able to shop for themselves. Paddock Farm Butchery put together an incredible programme whereby every fortnight eligible local families received a delivery of fresh meat, bread, eggs, vegetables and milk. We also put in place arrangements with several village shops to allow families with limited transport or who were sheltering to either buy food or have it collected by neighbours to see them through the toughest of times.
What was incredibly moving was that not only were families being fed but that the community was coming together to find ways of providing food and getting it to those who needed it most.
Local solutions for local issues – sustainability at its best.