5 October 2020, Bracknell, UK.
Science-based technology company 3M has donated £10,000 to Feeding Bristol to support the expansion of the number of FOOD Clubs operating across the most deprived areas of the city, providing low cost, nutritional food to around 500 families.
Feeding Bristol provides strategic leadership tackling food insecurity across the city in a coordinated and collaborative way to drive systemic change and tackle the root causes of food poverty.
The grant is being used to support the expansion of the FOOD Clubs from five to 16, with each one supporting up to 50 families, contributing to the cost of additional staff, equipment and food.
The FOOD Clubs are run by national charity Family Action, with strategic support from Feeding Bristol and with the majority of food provided through FareShare South West, which supplies each Club with low-cost, fresh surplus food sourced from across the food supply chain, enabling the sustainable model. The FOOD Clubs are based in children’s centres and other community buildings across the city.
Feeding Bristol’s founder and chair, Andy Street said: “Through the FOOD Clubs, families pay a modest sum to receive a weekly selection of food, making this a sustainable model for the future.
“Although Bristol has a strong economy, there are high levels of deprivation in some areas of the city and 36 per cent of families on low incomes can’t afford balanced meals. Food poverty has been a major challenge for Bristol over the years, and without doubt the Covid-19 pandemic has made the situation worse.
“Our vision is for everyone in Bristol to have access to nutritious meals and the skills and knowledge to prepare them.
“Our priorities are both short term – to support people in their journey out of food poverty with emergency measures – alongside strategic, partnership working with dozens of local organisations and the local Council to encourage a holistic approach to eradicating food poverty across Bristol.”
The grant from 3M was enabled through a partnership with not-for-profit organisation United Way UK through its Give Local COVID-19 Response Programme. This is helping small charities working on the frontline to provide relief services to support vulnerable people in areas most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Andy commented: “People have common needs and these have been exacerbated by the pandemic. We are very grateful to 3M and United Way for this funding that is helping Feeding Bristol and it’s partners reach more people. It is hugely appreciated.”
Said 3M’s Reputation Communications manager, Ros Smith: “Lots of people in the UK are facing hardship as well as personal and emotional challenges and the need for financial and practical support has never been more acute.
“We are grateful to United Way for making the connections and identifying the charities, like Feeding Bristol, that are most in need of our support and working tirelessly to help those who are less fortunate to improve their quality of life.”
Jane Hudson Jones, CEO at United Way UK added: “This pandemic means inequalities are increasing, financially, educationally and in health too. We are grateful to everyone in this partnership and especially to 3M for its leadership. The 3M grant will allow United Way UK and its local partner charities to support those that are most at risk from COVID-19 and its wider consequences, addressing global problems at a community level.
These local organisations are doing excellent work assisting many of the most vulnerable groups in their communities. They have significant local intelligence and expertise and their services provide a lifeline for people who are struggling. Their work is invaluable, though often invisible, meaning that they do not attract donations easily, putting the sustainability of their critical services at risk.
We are deeply thankful to 3M for its commitment to local communities, through these grants you are taking a holistic response to the COVID-19 crisis and really making a difference.”
The donation to Feeding Bristol is part of a £112,000 grant pledged by 3M to support relief projects in the UK. Around two thirds of the grant is being allocated to community projects through the 3M-United Way UK Give Local COVID-19 Response Programme. More than 200 charities applied to receive a grant and the programme team chose three to each receive grants of £10,000 based on rigorous assessments and prioritising those with the greatest field expertise, impact capacity and efficiency. A further 11 charities will receive grants of between £3,000 and £5,000.
This, in turn, is part of a $1.875 million commitment made by 3M at a corporate level, working with The United Way Worldwide to identify local projects supporting those most in need.
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 96,000 employees connect with customers all around the world.
The UK is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing 2,250 people across 16 locations, including six manufacturing sites.
Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, personal safety equipment, adhesive tapes and industrial microbiology products.
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About United Way
United Way Worldwide is a privately-funded not-for-profit organisation based in the US with a network spanning more than 40 countries and territories across six continents. It serves 61 million people across the globe, supported by 2.9 million volunteers and 8.3 million donors.
In the UK, United Way UK was established in 2014 as a national charity with the aim of providing support to local communities to ensure every family and every individual can reach their full potential through good education, financial stability, and healthy lives. As part of United Way Worldwide, United Way UK encourages people and organisations to support the local communities in which they live, work, and raise their children, through recognising each community's specific needs, resources and expertise.
Learn more about United Way UK at unitedway.org.uk or follow @UnitedWayUK on Twitter.
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