Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Friday 13 November 2020

Feed a Family: New Fund Set Up To Help Feed Local Families During Ongoing Pandemic

Food banks across the south are set to benefit from a new fund set up by a regional co-operative.


Southern Co-op has made an initial donation of £5,000 to its Feed a Family Fund so local food banks can start applying for help straightaway.

The independent co-operative is also asking its customers and members to donate to its fund which will enable local groups to purchase essential equipment or cover running costs.

The micro grants of £200, which will be distributed via the online platform Neighbourly, will ensure the funding helps a wide number of food banks and reaches those who need it most.

Holly Bramble, Southern Co-op's Community and Campaign Co-ordinator, said: 

"At the start of the pandemic, we also donated £100,000 to help a variety of local causes including FareShare - the UK's largest hunger fighting charity. But more needs to be done.

"There are pockets of poverty in a number of areas where we have colleagues working in retail stores, funeral care and coffee branches. 

"We know this won't solve the crisis but we really hope this fund will help reduce the strain faced by so many families." 


Donations to the Feed a Family Fund can be made at the till in a Southern Co-op retail store or via www.neighbourly.com/FeedAFamilyFund. Or visit the website to find out more information about applying for the grants.

Steve Butterworth, CEO of Neighbourly, said: 

"Small amounts can make a big difference for local causes, who have proved themselves to be some of the most innovative through the pandemic, and we need to make every effort to ensure that all at-risk people get the help they need as we continue to respond to and recover from this crisis.

"UK charities face a massive funding gap. If we can get immediate support to existing local causes, we'll go a long way to ensuring the resilience and recovery of our communities."

There are currently seventy-five stores with food bank collection points for product donations in Berkshire, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, London, Somerset, Surrey, West Sussex and Wiltshire. 

To find out if a local store has a foodbank collection, visit https://stores.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/search.html.

by: Mike Cobley




Share    


Charity Winter Streets Project will be providing more survival packs for people living on the streets in Brighton and Hove thanks to a fundraising drive through group collecting platform Collection Pot by third party enterprise support organisation Rimini Street Limited.

In what was a year without much light, one young Brighton star shone brighter than all the rest
Credit Andy Sturmey

Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, has called on music fans and nightlife lovers to share their views in a Parliamentary survey on nightlife.

Goods that many people take for granted have started the New Year with a smile as they were bundled up ready for Christmas and gifted to residents at a Brighton homeless hostel.
Credit John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The latest series of livestream talks featuring celebrated authors and TV personalities begin this month, produced by Fane Online in partnership with Brighton Dome, ideal entertainment during lockdown evenings at home.

When Brighton-born filmmaker Luke Bradford travelled to Tanzania to make a documentary which featured members of a community living with albinism, he met Florence.

Brighton Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has joined businesses, MPs, faith leaders, academics and campaigning organisations in calling on the Prime Minister to introduce legally binding targets to stem the growing tide of plastic pollution.  
Credit Andy Sturmey

"I think, how the fuck did that happen, because we did all the wrong things: we didn't bother too much with America but we're the biggest selling live act in the UK." The Stranglers' bassist JJ Burnel is talking about a period from early punk until 1990. But now, thirty years later, the band has announced a final full tour of the UK.
Credit Rick Guest

One Dance UK has teamed up with independent director, filmmaker and photographer Rick Guest and his collaborators visual effects artist Rob Rae, and dancer Jamal Sterrett Phoenix to debut his new film Flow state, part of an on-going series which aims to promote mental wellbeing amongst the dance sector.

Brighton-based trans-national, genre-blending, musical riot Genn's new single Feel, is a luscious blend of 70s psychedelia and shoegaze, and an appetite-whetting taste of what's to come.

Brighton's Green Councillors are among those who have slammed 'discriminatory,' rule changes that could see migrants deported if they become homeless, saying new rules will harm and undermine vital homelessness prevention work in the city.

A Sussex-based author fought censors, do-gooders, powerful unions, and corrupt business tycoons, and now the man behind Britain's comic book boom has told his story.

Fickle Friends ended 2020 on a high when they released Radio 1 playlisted Million, now they now start 2021 in the similar style by releasing new EP Weird Years (Season 1), alongside a new video for the EP track IRL.

This Thursday, Latitude Festival and international charity ActionAid will bring some of the best comedians together for a virtual stand-up comedy gig in support of women and girls leading change.

Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd