Community hubs supported over 1,500 from Stafford to Leicester

A community hub project that helps deliver vital food to the vulnerable has now helped over 1,500 people.

The scheme linked us up with local councils and organisations to identify those in need, pick and pack their shopping and deliver it to their front door due to the fact that they are self-isolating.

The first community hub, which are all based out of local Central England Co-op stores, was based in Lichfield but now four other sites – Stafford, Derby, Burton and Leicester – are up and running and helping hundreds of people each and every week.

In less than three months, the ground-breaking project has helped just over 1,500 people in total.

James Knight, the Member and Community Relations Officer for Central England Co-op managing the project, said: “It is great to reach the milestone of 1,500 and know our work with great partners has made such a difference.

“It is also fantastic to be able to announce this during Co-op Fortnight as this project is a perfect example of co-operation in action and fits perfectly with this year’s slogan ‘Let’s Build Something Better Together’.”

In Lichfield, we operated out of our Boley Park food store and were supported by Lichfield District Council.

In Burton, it was out of our Stapenhill food store and being supported by Burton Albion Community Trust.

In Derby, it was out of our Littleover food store and being supported by Derby City Council.

In Stafford, we have been operating out of our Wildwood food store and being supported by Stafford Borough Council.

Co-op Fortnight takes place between Monday, June 22 and Sunday, July 5 and the theme this year is ‘Keep Co-operating’.

The annual event is organised by Co-operatives UK and this year the Fortnight aims to harness the new culture of co-operation and change in everyday behaviour brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic to raise awareness of co-ops and the values that run through our diverse sector.

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