Burnley Community Kitchen, operated by Burnley FC in the Community, is delighted to have become a recipient of UK Government funding from the COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant.
Throughout the pandemic, the kitchen has been working in partnership with Burnley Together, Burnley Council, Calico, Lancashire County Council, CVS and Burnley Leisure to deliver the foodbank element of the facility, which has fed over 8,500 people since March.
This funding will help support the foodbank in its important work redistributing quality surplus food to those who need it most in Burnley.
The money has been awarded to the Burnley Community Kitchen by WRAP, which administers the fund on behalf of Defra. The grant will be used to enable much more food to reach people in need and to prevent quality food from going to waste.
Matt Hargreaves, Head of Facilities at Burnley FC in the Community commented: “Burnley FC in the Community have operated the foodbank from Burnley Community Kitchen for nearly 3 years. We are delighted to receive funding from WRAP, which will help us to continue to support members of our community who are experiencing food poverty. Since receiving this grant in November 2020 the foodbank has provided more than 67,000 meals to people in the Burnley and Padiham community.
“We are very proud of our work and our partnership with Burnley Together, and it’s even more important during this difficult time.
“In the year 2021, it can be difficult to comprehend that there are families in our town who, through no fault of their own, have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. This is why BFCitC and our partners are passionate about making sure that families have enough food to get by and this grant will help us support even more families in need.”
Peter Maddox, Director WRAP, said: “We are delighted to help Burnley Community Kitchen in its important work through the COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant. So far, more than £2 million has been awarded to over one hundred and twenty organisations under the emergency grants to help people during this difficult time.
“The COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant launched in April in response to the immediate challenges faced by food redistributors as a result of COVID-19. It opened with a fund of £3.25 million and expanded to nearly £5 million to help not-for-profit organisations of all sizes, across England.”
Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow said: “The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted to us all the value of food and, more than ever, we must ensure good food does not go to waste.
“This funding will help redistribution organisations across the country continue their crucial work, ensuring all quality, nutritious food reaches those who need it.”
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