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Winter support scheme extended to help families this Easter

Published Thursday 18 March, 2021
Last updated on Thursday 7 October, 2021

Community organisations that support Swale’s most vulnerable residents will receive a share of £55,000 from Swale Borough Council’s winter support scheme.

The council received £108,000 from Kent County Council (KCC) to deliver food boxes to people who had been impacted by the pandemic back in December.

The remaining money will now be distributed to community organisations in Swale to help support families who could be struggling through the Easter holidays.

Cllr Richard Palmer, cabinet member for community, said:

“We’ve distributed £55,000 between the key community organisations we’ve been working with through our winter support scheme.

“Swale Foodbank and Diversity House in Sittingbourne, Faversham Foodbank and West Faversham Community Association, and Family Foodbank and Oasis Academy in Sheerness, as well as our Staying Put service have all received money to help people keep their families warm and fed this Easter.

“The winter support scheme was initially set up to help to deliver food boxes to people who had been hit hard by the pandemic.

“We’ve delivered 815 boxes and supported 1,421 residents so far and will continue to deliver food boxes until 31 March.

“By handing the remaining money directly to the organisations who are on the ground talking to people and understanding the challenges they are facing, we can really help to provide people with what they need most.

“We know that families are under strain and might be worried about how they will feed their families and keep them warm during the Easter school holidays, and we encourage anybody who may be struggling to reach out to their local foodbank or community group for help.

“KCC will also be handing out benefit-related meal vouchers to families who received free school meals.