Foodbank partnership to help vulnerable tenants
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
A housing association has gone into partnership with a food bank to help tenants struggling with debt and unemployment.
Caldmoreaccord, part of the accord group, is working with the Black Country Foodbank to provide support in getting its customers into work and refer those with drug or alcohol problems to specialist services.
Additionally, the 7,200-home provider is to hand out vouchers to its most vulnerable customers for food parcels which can be exchanged for three-day’s worth of nourishment from the food bank.
Sarah Turner, Caldmoreaccord's community housing officer, said: “We are really proud to be working with the Black Country Foodbank in a partnership that is about so much more than giving out vouchers for food parcels.
“It’s about helping some of our most vulnerable customers to get back on their feet by tackling underlying issues that are forcing them to seek emergency food in the first place, such as problems with debt, unemployment or illness.”
Emma Crook of the Black Country Foodbank said: “Foodbank provision offers people a breathing space to make positive choices. Hungry people do desperate things, so this partnership is really valuable in giving folk that opportunity while they are engaged with Caldmoreaccord.”