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In Spring 2020, during the height of lockdown restrictions, Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity and The Manchester Evening News launched the Covaid-19 campaign.

The restrictions meant that many people across Greater Manchester would struggle for access to food, basics, and other support. Public services at the time were working hard to reach the most vulnerable, but they were over-stretched.

In response, Covaid-19 was launched with the people of Greater Manchester giving generously as well as a donation from SUEZ Waste Management.

A total of £95,500 was distributed to the following projects:

£50,000 to FareShare

FareShare Manchester do incredible work redistributing surplus food to charities that turn it into meals for those that need it. Half of this funding went towards the purchase of a new refrigerated van to increase the amount of food they could re-distribute to alleviate food poverty and reduce food waste.

The other half of the funding went towards the Rafiki Project, entailing community development work with Manchester BME Network to develop the capacity and sustainability of BME food providers. This community development helped FareShare reach communities that were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. 247,712 meal portions were delivered through the project!

£30,000 to No Child Should Go Hungry

In the lead up to the Christmas Holidays in 2020 families with children eligible for free school meals faced considerable uncertainty as to the level of support they would receive out of school. This grant supported the distribution of prepaid food cards for families across all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester to support them through this period. The funding reached approximately 5,000 young people and their families and opened them up to wrap around support.

£10,000 to the Migration Destitution Fund (MACC)

The Migrant Destitution Fund provided emergency grants to destitute migrants in Greater Manchester who have no recourse to public funds. These are people who are unable to work or receive statutory support because of their status. They are often asylum seekers at a relatively higher risk of homelessness, particularly during the pandemic. The funding proved a crucial lifeline for approximately 100 destitute migrants across all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester.

£5500 to Street Support

Street Support is a substantial online resource for those who are experiencing homelessness, those concerned about homelessness, and those who want to support someone facing homelessness. It provides advice on the support that’s available in Manchester and efficiently links people to the most relevant information for their situation. In response to the increasing number of families at risk of homelessness during the pandemic, Street Support created a family-specific tool that would help to sign-post families to relevant information as efficiently as possible.

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