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How Cambridge Sustainable Food is supporting the community during coronavirus

Posted on Sep 29, 2020 by Verity Butler

 Find out how businesses can help tackle food poverty and make a difference with Cambridge Sustainable Food

Cambridge Sustainable Food has been coordinating Covid-19 emergency food provision efforts in the city in partnership with Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance (CFPA) since March. With support from local businesses, organisations and volunteers, it has set up eight free food hubs around the city, a holiday lunches programme and a dedicated phone line for local people who are struggling to afford food during the pandemic.

Sam Dyer, Cambridge Sustainable Food’s coordinator, says: “We are supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Many families and individuals were already struggling to feed themselves before the arrival of Covid-19, and the pandemic has pushed many into deeper levels of food poverty.

“We are also hearing from people who have never required help before, but due to loss of income or health issues, now find themselves needing support to keep their families fed. With eight tonnes of emergency food being sent out into the city each month, demand is high and we’re expecting this to increase as job losses and a potential second wave of the virus become more likely.”

Local businesses and organisations can help the local community by donating food, money or volunteering time to the emergency food programme.

Visit cambridgesustainablefood.org to donate or find out about how to get involved.

If you know someone who is struggling to afford food, please refer them to its phone line: 01223 967426, or cambridgesustainablefood.org.

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