We have been awarded £7,500 to help people we support access food during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The award is part of the Scottish Government’s Food Fund. Distributed in May to a range of third sector and community organisations, the fund enables us to carry out additional work to support people and communities to access food during lockdown.

Our funding is being split between our services in Argyll and Bute, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Midlothian to purchase food for people who are not able to do so and to support key food banks in each of the localities.

In Argyll and Bute the funding was split between the housing support teams and was used to purchase supermarket vouchers. These are being used to assist people facing hardship or emergency and by having the vouchers to hand we are able to assist quickly.

Funding provided to Glasgow is dealing largely with immediate poverty. This includes new parents who are struggling, those with specific dietary requirements, and those who have recently left hospital. A portion of the funding is also being used to supplement local food banks to help individuals and families in Glasgow.

In Midlothian, the funding has given staff the opportunity to work alongside people already supported and encourage them to improve their health and wellbeing - many have limited funds which can influence the decisions they have to make when choosing a healthy lifestyle. People supported have been able to experience foods they may never have tasted before.

Funding in Edinburgh went to both our Cameron service and the Edinburgh visiting service. This assisted with the food budget for several people supported. This has helped lower stress levels surrounding money for food, as well as helping general health and wellbeing.

 If you would like to find out more about receiving support from Carr Gomm, get in touch via our online form.