Holiday hunger project will support families in Knutsford

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Funding from Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) will allow a local charity to deliver food parcels to feed 130 children and their families during the school holidays.

PCC David Keane has awarded funding to the Welcome Café in Knutsford to enable them to deliver food hampers directly to families to help reduce hardship and holiday hunger.

The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the number of families who struggled to feed their children whilst home-schooling and the growing need for universal support was recognised.

However, even before the lockdown, holiday hunger was something which communities were increasingly aware of. The Welcome Café and Hope Central Foodbank will work together to ease some of these pressures by providing nutritional food during the school holiday periods.

The funding from the commissioner will be used to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables to accompany non-perishable items donated by the foodbank and will be delivered to the door of families in need of help.

The Welcome, based on the Longridge Estate, has for many years been at the heart of the community providing a wide range of services and support to residents. The group has stepped in to support many vulnerable people since the pandemic hit and they plan to extend that support through this project.

The local policing team continue to offer support to The Welcome Café and will support them to make deliveries where possible. This will allow them the opportunity to engage with families and offer wider support if needed.

The funding was awarded to the group following the introduction of the Community Police Fund by the commissioner. Community groups were encouraged to work alongside their dedicated PCSO and Police Constable to establish bids which addressed local issues.

The fund was set up using money taken from Cheshire criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (PoCA 2002) with the commissioner reinvesting it into local communities to show criminals that crime doesn’t pay.

PCC David Keane added: “This funding will enable families struggling financially to ensure their children can stay healthy and well during the holiday periods without adding to the hardship they may be facing.

“If the national lockdown has shown us anything, it’s that communities have come together to support one another and ensure everyone feels that they can reach out for help.

“I’m pleased to be able to provide grant support through my Community Police Fund to help our families stay healthy and well.”
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Caroline Tozer (Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Head of Engagement and Policy, Police and Crime Commissioner)

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