Malvern Hills District Council provides funding to foodbanks and local organisations

Malvern Hills District Council is working together with local organisations and foodbanks to help feed those in crisis.

Over the past few months, the council has provided more than £54,000 in funding to Malvern and Tenbury Wells Foodbanks to share with other voluntary organisations to support the vulnerable.

This DEFRA Food and Essential Supplies Grant was for £54,112 and the organisations to benefit from this include Maggs Malvern, Tenbury NILS, Upton Baptist Church, Kempsey Sickness in Need and more.

£10,000 of this funding has been provided to Malvern Foodbank to support those who are struggling to afford to pay gas and electric . Fuel poverty is a key issue in the district and MHDC wants to ensure that all residents in need of help can be supported.

Businesses and restaurants across the district have come forward to provide free meals and packed lunches for children over half term. These include The Octagon Centre, Gallery 36, Barnards Green Fish Bar, Café in the Green and more.

MHDC is also working with Worcestershire Children First to provide more support if needed and Worcestershire County Council'sHere 2 Help scheme is available which continues to support vulnerable people in the community.

A Test and Trace Support Payment of £500 is also available for people on low incomes who have to self-isolate. Certain criteria must be met and the scheme will run until 31 January 2021.

As well as this, through the Green Homes Grant scheme, homeowners and landlords can apply for vouchers to contribute to the cost of energy-saving home improvements – up to £5,000 for most homeowners, or £10,000 for low income households.

Cllr Sarah Rouse, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: "This is a difficult time for many and no-one should have to go hungry. By working together with Worcestershire County Council, foodbanks and local organisations we are able to provide welfare support directly to the people who need it most. We would also like to thank the community for their generous offers of free meals."

Visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/community/coronavirus-covid-19-update for more information on the support available.

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