Reducing food insecurity

Cherwell District Council has welcomed the opportunity to continue its longstanding work on holiday hunger as it distributes £116,326 in government grant funding.

Published: Tuesday, 27th October 2020

The funding came from the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) via Oxfordshire County Council, with the intention of help relieving hardship and reducing food insecurity across the district.

Of this fund, £45,000 has been allocated to a hardship fund administered by Citizens Advice and £71,326 to a Community Hub Emergency Relief Fund, which Cherwell is administering.

The Community Hub Emergency Relief Fund is directed at voluntary and community organisations which run food banks and similar schemes.

To date, £17,465 has been spent on the following local projects:

  • Cherwell Larder: £5,000
  • The Sunshine Centre, Bretch Hill, Banbury: £5,000
  • Banbury Mosque: £5,000
  • Community First Oxfordshire: £2,465

Cherwell will continue to allocate funding from this pot throughout the year as applications from eligible organisations come forward. The council has until the end of the year to distribute the grants.

Voluntary and community organisations which are working to tackle the economic impacts of COVID-19 on Cherwell residents are invited to read more and apply here.

These new areas of work to relieve hardship and reducing food insecurity are in addition to the council’s longstanding Play:Full project, which tackles holiday hunger in the Brighter Futures wards of Banbury. The scheme sees the councils work with the groups who provide holiday activity sessions to provide the children who attend them with free healthy lunches or snacks.