Stevenage Football Club has partnered with Stevenage Community Trust and the Stevenage Community Food Bank to provide fresh fruit, vegetables and a bespoke shopping service for families suffering significant hardship during the current pandemic...
Funded by the Trust, volunteers from Stevenage Football Club and Stevenage FC Foundation has expanded its Community Careline services and is now helping with a shopping and delivery service for individuals and families most in need across the town.
Aware that many people’s loss of earnings in recent weeks has meant their income has reduced to almost nothing, The Trust has organised and funded delivery of a wide range of fresh produce including cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, carrots, cauliflowers, potatoes, satsumas, apples and bananas which Stevenage Community Food Bank were able to distribute to 45 local people in crisis last week.
Families in severe financial hardship are also being supported with other essential items specific to their needs such as baby milk or food for those with allergies and intolerances, which Stevenage Football Club is helping with the shopping and delivery of. All refferals come via Stevenage Community Foodbank.
Due to the success of this initiative in its first week, Stevenage Community Trust has committed to continued funding for the foreseeable future.
Caroline Haskins, Manager of the Trust commented, "For 30 years Stevenage Community Trust has been making a difference to the lives of local people in need and our support is needed now more than ever before. We are grateful to Stevenage FC and the Stevenage Community Food Bank for all their help getting this initiative up and running so quickly and most notably to our wonderful supporters whose donations have enabled us to continue providing help when and where it is needed during these uncertain times."
Along with many others, this project has been funded by the Stevenage Community Trust ‘Stevenage Helps’ appeal which was created specifically to support people living in our community who have been adversely affected by COVID-19. The appeal has attracted donations of £17,764 to date, with a further £10,000 to support the over 60’s.
Thanks to the generosity of everyone who has donated, in the past 6 weeks the Trust has been able to distribute 53 grants totalling £17,108 to local charities, voluntary organisations and directly to families in crisis. You can find some of the case studies of those we’ve helped through this appeal at https://www.stevenagecommunitytrust.org/stevenage-helps.
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Every penny the Trust receives will go directly to helping people in need during this crisis.