Community Food Project Supports Families Through Lockdowns

Families in Leek, Staffordshire continue to get support throughout the lockdowns thanks to a project giving access to fresh produce.

Leek’s Community Cupboard has been providing bags of fresh fruit and veg and other food to families throughout the pandemic.

The project works with local retailers and wholesalers in the area with a team of volunteers delivering the bags to families. The food bags cost £3 each and more than 400 families are members of the scheme.

Since the start of the first lockdown in March, more than 2,500 food bags have been delivered to families.

At Haregate Community Centre, funding from Staffordshire County Council’s local community fund also helped run family cookery classes. Local families joined professional local cooks for fun sessions, focusing on nutrition, healthy living and how to make healthy eating affordable.

Laura Cottingham, manager at Haregate Community Centre said: “Supporting families throughout the Covid-19 pandemic has been a real challenge and we’ve had to change and adapt the way we do things to keep everyone safe.

“Unfortunately we’ve had to temporarily close some of our physical groups but we have been making sure we have food for anyone that needs it. We have also been supporting the local community with their basic needs to get them through the year.

Pictured above are ladies working on the project – Tash Bourne, Clare Pickford and Caroline Smith