Supermarket makes a super gesture to help community food charity

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Julie Marish, community activator at Waitrose in Sidmouth, presents a cheque to Project Food charity director Tiggy Parry - Credit: Waitrose

Axminster-based Project Food has received £333 from Waitrose in Sidmouth as part of their recent ‘Give A Little Love’ campaign.  
The money raised will be used to support projects working with children that are living in poverty, providing fresh fruit and vegetables, wholesome meals and informative and supportive family cooking sessions.
Kerry Morgan from Project Food said: “We would like to thank Julie Marish at the Sidmouth Waitrose store along with all their customers for the kind donation to Project Food. We will continue to work with families and children in our community, helping them to learn valuable cooking skills and providing fresh ingredients to ensure that no child goes hungry.”
The Herald reported in February how, during the coronavirus pandemic, the charity has been providing crucial free meal deliveries services to over 40 families and individuals struggling to obtain healthy meals. 
More than 50 children on free school meals have benefited from Project Food’s meal delivery services while schools were closed, with the charity not just delivering in Axminster, but to all the surrounding villages as well as Bridport, Chard, Seaton, and Honiton. 
Project Food has also supported around 100 households with deliveries of nutritious ready meals and vegetable boxes to mostly elderly people living alone who have been shielding or self-isolating. 
In addition to food delivery services, Project Food has been reaching out to local people with their online cooking sessions, aimed at bringing them together and demonstrating how they can cook and eat a healthier diet, even if they are unable to get out. 
After lockdown restrictions were eased, the Project Food team embarked on a commitment to run community cooking courses at the site to teach vulnerable local people to prepare nutritious food in their own homes. 
The charity says: “Our vision is a world where everyone has the skills, knowledge, confidence and motivation to enjoy a healthy and sustainable diet – and better physical and mental health.
“We are a registered charity, set up in 2006 as Health and Local Food for Families (HALFF) registered charity number 1121605, in response to the rising levels of ill health caused by a poor diet.
“In 2017 we re-registered as a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) number 1173120, and in 2020 we changed our name to Project Food.”
If you would like to support this project, please visit https://localgiving.org/donation/projectfood or email kerry@project-food.org.uk
For more information on Project Food visit www.project-food.org.uk

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