Calico given government cash to help feed vulnerable during coronavirus crisis
Burnley company Calico Homes is to receive £64,285 in government funding to help those struggling to get food as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
Twelve charities in the region have benefited from money from Defra’s Food Charities Grant Fund, with grants ranging from £30,000 for small charities to £110,000 for large organisations.
Since the government’s Food Charities Grant Fund was launched in May, 65 charities across England have been awarded more than £3.5m., providing millions of meals to those in need.
The grants are designed to provide immediate support to charities helping to feed those suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, including the elderly, those who have left home due to domestic abuse, or those who are struggling financially.
The Food Charities Grant Fund was part of a wider £16m. funding pot, announced in May, which has seen millions of meals provided to thousands of front line charities, with a wider programme delivered by FareShare and WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme).
Food Minister Victoria Prentis said: “Charities across the North West are doing an amazing job of getting food supplies to the most vulnerable in our society.
“We know that these organisations are seeing a significant increase in demand, and some have had to scale up their operations so that they can help as many as possible in their communities.
“That is why we’re committed to giving them the extra support they need at this time.”