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Newport grant scheme to help community food groups

Newport City Council has committed £100,000 to assist community food groups dedicated to helping residents as the cost-of-living continues to spiral.

A new scheme to help these organisations is now open for applications after being launched by the council in partnership with voluntary support organisation GAVO.

Food banks, and other groups that help residents who are struggling financially, will be able to apply for grants to assist with day-to-day costs such as buying groceries to replenish their stocks.

An earlier scheme, also run with GAVO, gave financial assistance for initiatives such as growing projects or upgrading of equipment to help groups meet the challenge of tackling food insecurity.

Councillor Jane Mudd, leader of Newport City Council, said: “We know there are more and more residents who are finding it difficult to make ends meet and, with food prices and other household costs continuing to escalate, this is causing hardship and distress.

“Food banks and other organisations are vital lifelines for families and individuals in this position but they are also experiencing difficulties because of the present crisis. Donations are dwindling while their costs are increasing. This scheme is designed to help alleviate this difficult situation.

Councillor Debbie Harvey, the council’s cabinet member for community wellbeing, said: “GAVO plays a crucial role in supporting these voluntary organisations and we are grateful for its support in administering this scheme and distributing funds that will assist these groups with their costs and help them to maintain delivery of these essential services.

“I would also like to thank these groups and all their volunteers for their hard work and dedication. This has never been more needed than at this present time when even more families and individuals are facing a financial crisis.”

Stephen Tiley, GAVO Chief Executive said: “GAVO is pleased to be able to continue to work in partnership with Newport City Council to provide financial assistance to organisations across the city that help families ensure there is food on the table. In difficult times the work of the third sector is at the forefront of supporting communities, which I know will be appreciated by many families and individuals.”