OL1-Oldham has been home to a weekly The Bread and Butter Thing project since 2017. The organisations work closely together supporting people on low incomes and living in deprived communities across the BGreen and OL1 areas.
This week OL1-Oldham is launching The Grocery Store Project, a voucher scheme in partnership with TBBT and the local Emerging Communities team, enabling people in severe need and food insecurity to access nutritious food supplies.
OL1-Oldham Chair, Angie Brain explains: "It's clear that many people locally have been severely affected by the pandemic - particularly people who have no recourse to public funds.
"We had a small amount of funding available - just £500 - and we were determined to make that go as far as possible. So we've developed The Grocery Store Project, creating TBBT vouchers which we will distribute to those most in need and support them with food. Each voucher is worth £7.50 enabling people to receive three bags of food from TBBT worth at least £35 - meaning our small grant is now worth more than £2300."
OL1-Oldham have teamed up with the local Emerging Communities team to help distribute the vouchers. Five people will receive vouchers each week for the next 13 weeks. Angie Brain is determined to continue fund-raising to ensure the scheme can run through the winter and into 2021 as the effects of the cold weather and the pandemic continue to bite.
"We've teamed up with the Emerging Communities team who can ensure vouchers reach those who need them most. By sharing the vouchers around the community, we're allowing people in real poverty to be treated with dignity, accessing food alongside TBBT's regular members."
Rachel Reid-Fernandez, Operations Manager for TBBT adds: "This kind of grassroots community support is the foundation of the work that TBBT does, ensuring that the most vulnerable members of society have access to affordable, nutritious food. OL1-Oldham have been long term partners and we're delighted to support this innovative and critical work that they are doing for their local citizens."
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