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Grants support groups fighting food poverty

Charities and volunteers who help tackle food poverty in Swansea are being supported by Swansea Council with funding from the Welsh Government.

Foodbank

Seven groups who help to tackle food poverty and address food insecurity have been awarded grants to cover equipment, training and expenses.

Among the schemes to receive funding is Swansea Community Fridge which redistributes surplus food from a variety of sources, including supermarkets, restaurants and domestic contributors.

Run by the charity Caer Las, the scheme also helps to reduce food waste across the city, while benefiting the wider community.

The grant will help to develop an outreach service and mobile pop-up provision and develop information systems through an app to help target areas of greatest demand.

Matt's Café and Swansea Night Shelter are also being helped to purchase extra equipment including commercial fridges.

Sketty HOP Foodbank and Pontarddulais Partnership will be able to develop their services with the council's support.

Funding is also going to St. Mary's Church which provides a free breakfast every Tuesday and opens up its facilities to the homeless.

Unity in Diversity, which runs weekly drop in sessions for asylum seekers and refugees, has also received funding for a fridge and food.

Alyson Pugh, Swansea Council Cabinet Member for Better Communities, said: "Swansea Council is committed to reducing poverty and the impacts that poverty has upon residents.

"These grants will help support our partners in continuing and expanding the vital services that they provide."

Applications for the next round of funding from the council's Food Poverty Fund closes at 10am on Monday January 13.

Cllr Pugh added: "There are some wonderful examples in Swansea of innovative schemes that help people in their time of need.

"We are very keen to play our part in supporting charities and organisations who work to tackle food poverty and address food insecurity in Swansea and I would urge them to get in touch."

For further information contact: FoodPoverty@swansea.gov.uk

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