FEEDING THE MASSES
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we recognised the needs in our community were changing. So, we refocused our efforts and organised a food distribution project - first, offering free meals to all our youth group members, and then expanding to offering free, healthy meals to children from every school in Wythenshawe.
By the end of 2020, we had provided more than 62,000 meals.
We brought together community groups, churches, schools, charities, the council, and more, in a coordinated effort to make sure that no child in Wythenshawe had to go hungry.
MAKING THINGS BETTER
With the food project going so well, we started to think about how else we could support our community. In partnership with The Message Trust, we launched Love Wythenshawe, a project involving hundreds of volunteers supporting local residents with all kinds of help, including gardening, waste removal, litter picking, craft activities for children, and more - all for free.
The project was so successful we have now started the scheme nationally, with volunteers working from hubs all across the UK to make life better for people close to them.
Find out more at www.lovewythenshawe.org
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A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
We knew that we'd need to do more than just provide free food for hungry families. We wanted to tackle the root causes of poverty, and help people break free from it. So, with our friends at The Message Trust, we launched the Community Grocery - an extremely low-cost food shop where a family can choose £50 worth of food for just £3.
It gets better than that. Every family that signs up as a member has the opportunity to get completely free skills classes, debt counselling, mental health therapy and support, access to our youth work, and more. We believe in working with people to help them break free from poverty - for good.
The Community Grocery launched in September 2020 in Wythenshawe, and has already been so popular that we have opened another in Salford, with plans to open at least 12 more through 2021.
Find out more, or sign up as a member, at www.communitygrocery.org.uk