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‘Essential’ £50,000 community grant to support more than 10,000 people in Hull affected by food poverty every week

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A Hull charity has received £50,000 to continue its work distributing surplus food to those in need as demand rises due to the cost of living crisis.

Hull City Council has approved the grant to FareShare, which takes food that would otherwise end up in landfill and donates it to charities and community groups. Councillor for Communities Jack Haines said the charity's work was vital in helping people deal with the impact of the cost of living crisis.

This comes after a council resolution found that 92 per cent of groups receiving food from FareShare reported increased demand during the cost of living crisis. The council estimates that the donation will enable FareShare to support more than 10,000 people suffering from food poverty every week.

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The organisation's food redistribution network has also been used during the coronavirus pandemic, with around half of the organisations using FareShare in the year to March reporting that they had increased training and cooking support in response to rising demand.

The funding follows the council's approval of a wider funding package worth around £2 million to support families struggling with the cost of living. It includes extending the local free school meals scheme, holiday vouchers and £40 school uniform vouchers for low-income families, helping to improve household energy efficiency.

The funding came from government funds under the Household Support Fund, which was extended for six months in March. Council leader Mike Ross said the fund would need to be extended further by the incoming government.

The council leader said: “Unfortunately, this is a national crisis that requires a national solution. The Home Support Fund provides a vital safety net for residents who have been hit hard by the cost of living crisis. If the Government cuts this scheme, thousands of people in the city will pay the price for their decision.”