We are pleased to announce we have been awarded a grant from Hounslow Borough Council to support our’ Feeding Families’ Food Project. The grant has helped us to re-launch the Food Stall at Victoria Junior School and to open a new Food Stall at Southville Primary School in Bedfont.
Both stalls will re-distribute surplus food to needy families on a “pay as you feel” basis, avoiding stigma by stressing the environmental and efficiency benefits of disposing of surplus food in this way.
Each week we expect hundreds of food items to be taken by local families facing food poverty, having been donated free of charge by our local business partners at Tesco, Asda, The Real Junk Food Café Project and The Cavan Bakery.
Mark Griffiths, CEO of The School & Family Works explained “While our main focus is on supporting well-being and good mental health in children and families through our multi-family therapy intervention known as ‘Family Group’, we’re aware that food poverty is a significant issue affecting the children and their families in many of our family of Family Group schools. We are very grateful to Hounslow Borough Council for awarding us this grant. The funds will allow us to purchase equipment for the stalls, pay our Food Co-ordinator and reimburse travel expenses to staff and volunteers.”
As well as alleviating food poverty, this funding will reduce the amount of edible food going to landfill and create a sense of community for the Hounslow residents who are involved. It will also provide work experience that will enhance the skills, confidence and employability of Family Group parents.