Council praised over food poverty action during Covid pandemic
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been recognised for its dedication in supporting the development of the East Riding Food Poverty Alliance and the actions to tackle a rise in food poverty in the area during the coronavirus pandemic.
The East Riding Food Poverty Alliance (ERFPA) – a partnership of food banks and pantries – was set up in June 2020, after food banks witnessed an increase in residents requiring food vouchers since the start of the pandemic.
Food charities, voluntary and community sector organisations and East Riding of Yorkshire Council came together to help and support each other and to exchange ideas about how to address the issue.
ERFPA is supported by East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS), who is the appointed Locally Trusted Organisation for the Alliance.
In appreciation of the support provided by the council, which includes funding various projects, the ERFPA has presented the leader of the council, councillor Richard Burton, with a Certificate of Recognition.
Natalie Taylor-Robinson, food bank development officer at ERVAS, said: “As community organisations we’ve seen first-hand the challenges that Covid-19 has thrust upon local residents.
“Throughout the last year East Riding of Yorkshire Council has provided commitment and dedication to supporting the growth and development of the Alliance and the actions to address the increase in food poverty that we have witnessed across our area.”
Claire Watts, regeneration and funding group manager at the council, said: “One of the most rewarding elements of my work over the last year has been supporting the members of ERFPA to grow from being a group of small and committed local food banks to being a strong and effective collective, sharing expertise and resources, and becoming a vital lifeline for vulnerable residents.”