Coventry – United Kingdom
Helping Coventry’s Food Banks
THE CONTEXT OF YOUR INITIATIVE
Food poverty is an increasing difficulty faced by many families and individuals across the UK. The use of food banks has dramatically increased over recent years.
Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire, based in Coventry, wanted to do something to help support the amazing work being done by food banks in the local area.
THE ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT AS PART OF YOUR INITIATIVE
Daily, companions from Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire collect stock donated by local wholesalers and other suppliers. They act as a delivery service, driving around the area to drop off food and essential items to all the Coventry food banks and hubs.
During the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, the companions extended this scheme. In addition to supporting food banks, they delivered food and essentials to former rough-sleepers living in temporary accommodation in the city centre, as well as refugees also in temporary accommodation. This involved several trips a week, driving around with a van full of food and dropping off where people needed it most.
WHO IS INVOLVED FROM OUR GROUP?
This initiative is run by Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire companions with support from staff. The initiative benefits many individuals and families from the Coventry area and has fostered local partnerships so future projects can potentially be developed.
The Coventry & Warwickshire community has 18 companions.
WHICH PARTNERS ARE YOU WORKING WITH ON THIS INITIATIVE?
Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire has provided food and supplies to Coventry foodbanks for the last 10 years. Normal delivery (pre COVID-19) is to 15 food banks per week. This service is an essential part of the food bank distribution network in Coventry.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD ANY INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INITIATIVE?
WHAT ARE YOUR PROSPECTS?
There are many people currently housed in temporary accomodation which include rough sleepers, refugees, migrants and people fleeing domestic violence in Coventry. Accommodation is not always in premises that have cooking facilities so the provision of fresh food daily is crucial.