24th Oct, 2020

Campaign launched in Malvern to help feed those on lower incomes

Rob George 8th Apr, 2020

A BID to feed those on lower incomes in Poolbrook and Pickersleigh has been launched by a district councillor in a bid to offer a helping hand during the Coronavirus crisis.

Coun Samanatha Charles launched the #FeedMalvern campaign together with The Octagon Project, local churches and residents, to feed those in need in in Malvern.

The Labour councillor revealed while the Government will cover 80 per cent of employees temporarily laid off during the shutdown, the lost 20 per cent could mean real hardship to local income families across the town.

“When people think of Malvern they often think of the Malvern Hills, the outstanding natural beauty and a place where people holiday. For many people living in my area, that is not their reality,” she said.

“While they often describe the area as one they enjoy living in, there are two distinct areas of deprivation within Pickersleigh, which is a short walk from the Octagon Centre and parts of the Brook Farm estate in Poolbrook.

“The Indices of Deprivation 2015 places Poolbrook within the top third most deprived communities in England and the Covid-19 crisis is causing further hardship. #FeedMalvern will put food on the table now for those families most affected during this crisis,” Coun Charles added.

#FeedMalvern is raising money and asking for volunteers to help deliver food parcels to those families most in need. Food, that would otherwise go into landfill, is being collected from supermarkets to redistribute and funds raised will buy fresh produce.

Visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/feedmalvern2020 for more.

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