MALVERN Hills District Council is working with schools and partner organisations to ensure families do not go hungry over Christmas.
More than £53,000 from the Government’s Winter Covid-19 Grant has been made available to voluntary and charitable organisations working with those in need and will be distributed through Worcestershire Community First.
Worcestershire County Council has also made £650,000 in vouchers available for pupils across the county who receive free school meals, so the hardest hit families can still access food during the Christmas break.
This is on top of more than £54,000 Malvern Hills District Council has also passed on to local food banks.
Malvern Hills District Council is also working with the county council and Worcestershire Children First to support the Ready, Steady, Worcestershire scheme.
This combines the efforts of a range of organisations and food banks to provide a community response to holiday hunger.
A group of councillors is also leading a review into the impact of the pandemic on poverty levels in the district and a poverty summit is planned for 2021 which will bring together key organisations to look at what more can be done to tackle the issue.
Overall, Malvern Hills District Council has provided around £1.4million supporting people in need and the community response to Covid-19. This includes help for people self-isolating, to pay their fuel costs and their Council Tax bill.
Coun Sarah Rouse, leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: “We don’t want anyone to go hungry or cold, especially at this time of the year.
“That’s why we are doing all we can, along with our partners, to support those in need during this pandemic and to recover from its impact long-term.”
Anyone who finds they are struggling to access food should visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help for advice and support. Information about Ready, Steady, Worcestershire and other advice and support can also be found through www.malvrnhills.gov.uk/coronavirus.