East Devon District Council had grants of up to £2,500 available for funding for any projects related to providing food to residents of East Devon who were in food poverty during Coronavirus. In order to ensure that the fund remains able to fulfil its primary objective we paused the fund on 17 July 2020, it's no longer accepting new applications. This will ensure we have some money available to deal with a possible second wave of Coronavirus or a noticeable increase in the local unemployment rate.

Projects could have included, for example:

  • A food bank whose stocks of items are running low and they need an immediate donation to enable them to restock.
  • New equipment / resources that allow groups to have the capacity for the increased number of people needing their food related service.
  • A service providing hot meals delivered to the homes of vulnerable people, children or adults, who might otherwise not have a hot meal.
  • Costs related to collecting food donations and delivering food to those in need.
  • Training of staff and volunteers working on food related projects. It can be used to fund eligible capital (so for physical things like equipment) and revenue costs (so for things like training, petrol costs).

Eighteen very worthy projects were funded by our Coronavirus Community Food Fund, giving out a total of over £29,487:

  1. Broadclyst Parish Council received £2,488 to buy items such as wet wipes and nappies that they did not have enough of to support their vulnerable residents in need.
  2. £2,378 to Project Food to help residents of Honiton, Axminster and a wide variety of surrounding areas. It’s being used to pay for boxes of free fruit and vegetables and deliver them to people that need them, mainly families with a number of children.
  3. Whimple Volunteers received £800 to help pay for them to make and deliver hot meals to 25 vulnerable self-isolating people in the parish.
  4. £2,500 to pay for Exe Estuary League of Friends to provide 50 hot meals a week to elderly residents in need of them in Clyst St Mary, Clyst St George, Ebford, Cat and Fiddle, Exton and Woodbury.
  5. Sidmouth Voluntary Services have received £2,500 to help them provide hot meals to elderly people five days a week who would otherwise not get a hot meal.
  6. £500 to Exmouth Friends in Need to help them continue to provide food parcels to the 50+ vulnerable families they are supporting in Exmouth.
  7. £1,500 to Open Door Exmouth to help them provide boxes of food and other needed items to the families and children that they work with.
  8. £1,800 to Honiton’s TRIP Community Transport Association to help them deliver hot food and other meals to vulnerable people in the local community.
  9. Axminster and the surrounding areas was given a grant of £2,500 to help pay for soup that would be given out by the foodbank.
  10. Sid Valley Foodbank were given £1,800 to help them provide food to families who need a bit of extra support whilst their children aren’t in school.
  11. £1,000 to Axminster Food Bank for supplies such as nappies, household items and cleaning products that they desperately need, which will then be given out to local people in need.
  12. £1,500 to Launchpad SW Community Interest Company to help them provide and deliver meals to vulnerable people in Budleigh Salterton and expand their service to several nearby parishes.
  13. £1,800 to Honiton’s 55+ Centre to support them in providing meals for vulnerable people in Honiton.
  14. £1,225 to help Exe Estuary League of Friends to pay for delivering food to 65 vulnerable households, and 9 emergency food parcels to people in need in Clyst St Mary, Clyst St George, Ebford, Cat and Fiddle, Exton and Woodbury.
  15. £1,000 to Nourish Axminster, to help pay for the costs of the packaging and delivering meals to vulnerable people.
  16. £1,500 to The Random Kitchen, who are making meals and delivering them to vulnerable people in and around the Honiton area.
  17. £300 to Honiton’s TRIP Community Transport Association to help towards the cost of supporting the transportation of food from Bristol Fair Share, to local groups in East Devon.
  18. £2,436 for Project Food to help residents of Honiton, Axminster and a wide variety of surrounding areas. This will train new volunteers and a new staff member to support people struggling with food poverty due to Coronavirus.