Manchester City Council is inviting voluntary and other third sector groups to bid for a share of a new £250,000 fund which will combat food poverty in the city.
Manchester City Council has made the additional funding available under its Local Welfare Scheme to help the most vulnerable residents in crisis situations, for example the homeless or those fleeing violence or domestic abuse.
Such help would be delivered by third sector and other voluntary sector groups and could be for immediate food needs or other essential personal goods for people in serious poverty. It is expected that any support provided would be in the form of food or goods rather than cash. Organisations will be able to bid for funds to provide additional support, or to help ensure the sustainability of existing schemes.
For further information and to apply, visit: www.manchester.gov.uk/foodpovertyfund
Manchester City Council has also made an extra £100,000 of its Local Welfare Scheme money available to provide support to vulnerable residents in fuel poverty.
Both changes to the Local Welfare Scheme were approved by the Council’s Executive last month.
Councillor Jeff Smith, Executive Member for Finance, said: “It’s a sign of the time that food poverty and fuel poverty are real concerns across the country, and Manchester is no exception. We want to make sure that no one in serious need goes without."