The Member of the Senedd for the Rhondda has begun fundraising for a new scheme in the Rhondda to provide food for those in need and tackle poverty.
Leanne Wood MS has set up the crowd-funding appeal after the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to the free food collections hosted from her constituency office in Porth.
The appeal is also in response to those in the shielded group being advised that they will no longer have to shield after August 16th meaning that the food parcels they have been receiving during lockdown will unlikely continue.
This initiative follows on from the highly successful Coronavirus Community Network that Leanne established which matched up community volunteers with people nearby in need of deliveries of groceries or pharmacy prescriptions.
A target of £5,000 has been set to buy additional essential items to go with the supermarket excess that would otherwise go to landfill to make up balanced food packages that can be delivered to people who request them.
Leanne said: “Lockdown meant that we had to halt the scheme we ran out of my office in Porth two or three times a week. That scheme was to end food waste by redistributing food to those who could make use of it. We still do not know when we will be able to restart that scheme but it is apparent that poverty and food poverty is on the increase.
“By making some changes to the food share scheme, we can contribute towards tackling that. We want to provide basic food items to those who request it on a regular basis.”
She added: “This new scheme will require more resources but we have to try and make it work.
“I have set up a crowd funder for this and it will go towards providing food items. I hope people will give what they can afford. No matter how small the donation, everything counts.”
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