Severn Trent’s £24,000 support for Coventry food hubs

Severn Trent has donated to 12 organisations helping the Coventry community in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Severn Trent has generously made a financial donation to help support the network of food hubs set up across Coventry which are offering vital support to residents during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Coventry City Council’s Community resilience team got in touch with Severn Trent to see if they could offer some support to local charities and churches who are providing invaluable services, from increasing foodbank provision, feeding the homeless, to providing a food parcel home delivery service.

These groups are also taking referrals from partner organisations who identify vulnerable people requesting help and support. 

After information was shared on these measures being put into place, Severn Trent made the decision to make a donation.

Severn Trent gave a total of £24,000 across 12 organisations helping the Coventry community in response to the pandemic.

Daisy Powell, community fund manager at Severn Trent, said: “We’re really amazed to hear of the fantastic work that’s going on at the community food hubs around Coventry at this crucial time, and it’s great that we can offer our thanks and support to our communities through our donation.”

Ten hubs have been set-up across Coventry, staffed by a dedicated team of local volunteers who have all selflessly come forward to help those who are more vulnerable and need some extra support at this difficult time.

These build upon the other schemes that have been set-up in neighbourhoods in Coventry to assist people who are finding it more difficult to get access to food and other deliveries because of self-isolation guidance.

Organisations that benefited from the donations include The Hope Centre, Feeding Coventry, Moat House Community Trust, Haggard Community Centre, St Andrews Church, Laurence Saunders Rd Baptist Church, St Francis of Assisi, Stoke Aldermoor Community Association, Kings Church, Langar Aid, St Laurence’s Church and Canley Community Centre.

Coventry City Council’s community resilience team are continuing to support charities by writing funding applications, connecting offers of help to organisations that need support.  

The hubs scheme is being delivered in partnership with a number of voluntary sector organisation including Trussell Trust and Coventry Foodbank.

Cllr Tariq Khan, cabinet member for housing and communities at Coventry City Council, added: “Well done Severn Trent. This is another example of great partnership working – highlighting the enormous effort that the city is making to improve life for vulnerable people at this difficult time.”

Residents who do not have any existing support from neighbours, family or friends can access the service, by contacting Coventry City Council on 08085 834 333 or visiting Emergency Food Network.