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This summer, when you bought from our picnic range, we donated 20p to those going hungry by partnering with the National Emergencies Trust. We can now reveal that together we raised £1.5 million*! 

Foodbanks, volunteer centres, food delivery services and outreach services for those at risk of isolation are among the local organisations now able to apply for their share of the money via the UK Community Foundations. We urge local causes wishing to access this funding to apply via UK Community Foundations website before 13 November. 

It’s heart-breaking to think of families and children in the UK going hungry and facing such acute challenges during this unprecedented time. The need faced by many families is only growing and we continue to do all we can to support the most vulnerable to gain access to the food they need. Our co-operation with National Emergencies Trust and UK Community Foundations means this funding can quickly go to work. Focusing on what really matters in local communities and providing direct support to those who most need it to make a difference to their health and wellbeing. 

Co-operating to do our bit 

Since the start of the pandemic, thanks to our colleagues, members and customers, we’ve already donated 5 million more meals to those going hungry by raising money for FareShare. What’s more, this half term, the pupils at our 25 Co-op Academy schools who usually rely on free school meals will receive Co-op vouchers to get a meal, just as they did over the summer holidays. 

By becoming a Co-op Member, you can help too. When our members buy selected Co-op branded products and services, 2p for every pound spent goes to community causes, targeting communities that need the extra help the most. The funds raised by members are split two ways, supporting the: 

  • Local Community Fund, helping thousands of grassroots community causes.
  • Community Partnerships Fund, creating lasting change on big issues like access to food and also mental wellbeing support, and education and employment for young people, in partnership with like-minded organisations.  

Download the Co-op App and join us today

Rebecca Birkbeck
Director of Community, Co-op
 

Read more on how we support greater access to food for all at our Co-op; 

*Total amount raised by Co-op is £1,539,765.54 
 
Total includes food donations made by Co-op (£1.5 million in value) as well as those paid for by fundraising and donations of Co-op Members’ 5% member reward to the Co-op Members’ 

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