As the cost-of-living crisis deepens, we've partnered with food poverty charity Feeding Families to provide support to those who need it.
Since Christmas, Feeding Families, which supports residents in crisis across the region, has seen a 50% increase in requests for support and, for the first time, hasn’t been able to keep up with demand.
“It’s a sign of the times” said Juliet Sanders, who set up the charity in 2017.
“People are being hit from all angles at the moment and are turning to charities like ours for support. We’re doing more than ever, but sadly it’s never enough.
“It’s been really challenging but we’re incredibly thankful for the support we receive from local organisations like Karbon Homes, which ensures we can keep going.”
We first partnered with Feeding Families in 2020 and in the past two years has donated £40,000 in funding to support with running costs and overheads, provide food boxes for Karbon residents in need, and most recently, to help fund a food poverty awareness project the charity is launching.
Paul Moralee, Community Investment Manager at Karbon Homes, said: “The current landscape is putting a real strain on many of our residents and the communities we support, and as a result our partnerships with community projects and charities are more important than ever.
“Feeding Families is a fantastic charity, providing much needed support to those in crisis right across the North East. By working alongside them, we’ve been able to support many of our residents with emergency food boxes, and we’re committed to offering what additional support we can going forward, from colleague volunteers through to food drives.”
These partnerships with organisations like ours are key in ensuring Feeding Families’ support is accessible to those in need across the region.
“The North East is a forgotten area and we’ve been side lined for a long time. If no one’s going to do it for us, we’re going to have to do it for ourselves, by whatever means, and it’s brilliant to know we have organisations like Karbon supporting our work.”