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Foodshare project wins £4000

St Giles’ FoodShare project bags £4000

from Tesco’s community grant scheme.

St Giles’ Church Pontefract is delighted to announce it has been awarded £4000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.
Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £67 million to over 21,000 local community projects.
Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed St Giles’ FoodShare has been awarded £4000.
Some families claiming benefits or in lower paid jobs may find it difficult to feed their families in school holidays when free school meals are unavailable. As well as providing extra food, parents have to budget for items such as new school uniforms and footwear. The hardship and stress experienced can be considerable and directly affect children.
Following successful projects during the summer and Christmas holidays 2018, St Giles’ FoodShare aims to respond to this issue. Working in partnership with local schools, FoodShare will use the award to supply food to nominated local families in the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays 2019.
Families taking part at St Giles’ will be offered complementary refreshments while their food is being packed by teams of volunteers. They can also stay for a pay-as-you-can snack lunch during the Wednesday “Lunch with Us” sessions in St Giles’ café. Part of the Bags of Help award will be allocated to support “Lunch with Us”, which is open to anyone in the community. Wednesday is also the occasion when St Giles’ hosts the weekly Citizens Advice surgeries.
Paul Harris, FoodShare manager, said, “The Bags of Help award means that St Giles’ FoodShare can continue to play its part alongside other voluntary organisations to help local families.”