A £30,000 EMERGENCY food fund is to be made available amid the ongoing cost of living crisis.
Brighton and Hove City Council has provided the money to help community groups and organizations provide emergency food to people during the winter of 2022/23.
The Emergency Food Crisis Fund aims to support the most vulnerable people in the city who are most at risk of food insecurity.
Organizations can apply for funds up to a maximum of £5,000 depending on the number of beneficiaries they support. For more information on the Emergency Food Crisis Fund, visit the dedicated web page on the Council website.
Councilor Phélim Mac Cafferty, leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “We take the cost of living crisis with the seriousness it deserves and understand the colossal pressures people are facing from ever-rising food and energy prices.
“While there have been government pledges over the last week that will ease some of the pain of some of our most vulnerable residents, I remain deeply concerned.
“While the announced funding is just a drop in the ocean, it will allow the Council to provide much-needed support to those who need it most at the moment.
“The latest Brighton and Hove food partnership survey reveals the terribly shocking reality for residents across the city who cannot afford the food they need.
“Over the last year, more than 5,000 people have needed help from the city’s Emergency Food Network every week, which should be a source of shame in the sixth richest country in the world.
“We continue to do what we can as council – since May we have taken a range of measures to support households on the sharp end, increase the amount spent on essentials such as fridges and stoves and make it easier for residents to access emergency assistance .
“We launched the Brighton and Hove Cost of Living Crisis Fund and over £39,000 has been raised. We will agree more work in the Policy and Resources Committee next month.
“But we have never needed more significant and urgent central government action – in the form of action and funding – to continue to meet the needs of marginalized residents hardest hit by the cost-of-living crisis.
“We are also working with partners from the public and private sectors through the Greater Brighton Food Plan to address food insecurity issues across the region.
“Basically, we need to develop a more sustainable and resilient food system that gives everyone access to local, affordable and healthy food and prevent this type of crisis from happening again.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/22639257.brighton-council-creates-emergency-food-fund-tackle-cost-living-crisis/?ref=rss Brighton Council is setting up an emergency food fund to deal with the cost of living crisis