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Council boosts food banks across the city

Hull City Council is to commit £50,000 to support the provision of food for food banks to help households struggling with the cost of living.

The money, from the Household Support Fund, will help to provide food to a network of up to 10 key locations to complement existing food provision, with a focus on meeting gaps in ensuring that nutritious food is available.

The Council is working with partners, who are prepared to provide additional funding to complement the contribution from the Council.

The Council works with FareShare, a charitable organisation that redistributes surplus food from supermarkets and other sources to voluntary and community sector organisations.

Both FareShare and independent food banks have reported rising demand at the same time that fewer donations are being received.

Of the food that is being donated, the organisations have reported that there is a shortage of healthy foodstuffs, compared to donations of ultra-processed goods.

They have also reported a dearth of donations suitable for specialist dietary requirements, including a lack of culturally-appropriate foods.

Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Mike Ross, said: “The cost of living crisis is hitting hard for more and more residents across Hull, and the Council is determined to do all it can to help.

“The Council is trying to fill some gaps in what is available to support people during these difficult times.

“There needs to be a diversity of food to support all of our residents.

“We know that some people have struggled to consistently get foods appropriate to their culture or specialist medical needs from donations alone.

“This funding will also help some food banks to upgrade their storage facilities, helping them to be able to safely accept and distribute fresh, healthy food.”

For more information on food banks, visit Cost of Living | Hull City Council

L:R: Mark Willett, Director of Facilities, Delta Academies Trust; Julian Harrison, Executive Principal, Delta Academies Trust; Councillor Linda Tock, portfolio holder for Children's Services at Hull City Council; Councillor Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council; Garry Taylor, Assistant Director of Major Projects at Hull City Council; Tracey Kingdom, Operations Manager, Hull Esteem; Chris Soper, Joint Managing Director, Sewell Construction.