Sussex Community Foundation is delighted to announce a further donation of £195,000 from East Sussex County Council to the Sussex Crisis Fund, specifically to support food security projects in East Sussex. East Sussex County Council generously donated £100,000 to the Sussex Crisis Fund in the first weeks of the pandemic. The Sussex Crisis Fund has now given out an incredible £2 million in emergency funding, in just 20 weeks.
Across the UK, 8.4 million people are struggling to afford to eat[i]. People across Sussex go hungry every day for a range of reasons, including reductions in benefit income, redundancy or receiving an unexpected bill whilst on a low income. This means many people have to turn to food banks, lunch clubs, drop-in centres and other emergency help to ensure they are fed. In 2016 to 2018, 8-10% of households in the UK were food insecure[ii]. Households are considered to be food insecure if one or more adults under eat or go hungry, due to lack of money. These issues have been exasperated during the Covid-19 crisis, therefore making the need for food sustainability projects more important than ever.
We are now accepting applications of up to £10,000 to the Sussex Crisis Fund for projects working in East Sussex that support people who are food insecure. Applications for this strand (East Sussex Food Security Fund) of funding can be for projects lasting up to one year.
The criteria for applying for this funding is below:
- Support for individuals using foodbanks to
– improve access and uptake of advice and guidance around debt and money management;
– improve access and uptake of employment and skills training and development support;
- Projects to address issues around food security and barriers to support for specific population groups, such as Black, Asian and minority ethnic, people with learning and/or physical disabilities and others most impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Activities which seek to improve food preparation and cooking skills for people living in food poverty.
- Advice and guidance for people living in food poverty on healthy eating and nutrition – including advice and guidance for different types of cuisines appropriate for specific cultural and religious dietary preferences and eating well on a budget.
- Support for people living in food poverty to obtain equipment required for food preparation and cooking through purchasing, loaning or sharing of items.
- Support to access food shopping, including transport and computer literacy.
- Support for food pantries, community fridges and community food cooperatives
- Support for community allotments and food growing projects
For more information or to apply for this strand of the Sussex Crisis Fund (on the usual Sussex Crisis Fund application form), visit our Grants page here.
Please note, projects in Brighton and Hove are not eligible to apply for this strand of funding.
[i] Voices of the Hungry, FAO UN, 2016.
[ii] State of Hunger, The Trussell Trust, 2019.