Groups offered share in £250,000 food poverty fund
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Manchester City Council is offering groups the chance to bid for a share of a £250,000 fund set aside to fight food poverty.
The funding, made available under the council's Local Welfare Scheme, is designed to help the city's most vulnerable residents, such as homeless people and those fleeing domestic abuse.
The council expects any support provided to be in the form of food or goods rather than cash.
Agencies will be able to bid for funds to provide additional support, or to help ensure the sustainability of existing schemes.
The local authority has also made £100,000 available to provide support to vulnerable residents in fuel poverty.
Councillor Jeff Smith, executive member for finance, said: “It’s a sign of the times that food poverty and fuel poverty are real concerns across the country, and Manchester is no exception. We want to make sure that no one in serious need goes without."