Food Fund Announcement Welcomed06/04/20
Dundee City Council is welcoming over £1 million of investment from the Scottish Government's Food Fund.
The money is intended to help local authorities support families who cannot access food due to the coronavirus outbreak.
It is aimed at those most in need including families with children who are eligible for free school meals, older people, those with long-term health conditions and pregnant women.
Dundee is receiving £1.152 million in this new allocation.
The funding, one part of the £350 million Communities Fund, will be distributed to councils across Scotland by COSLA.
Dundee City Council leader John Alexander said: “This is a welcome investment from the Scottish Government for our efforts in Dundee to ensure that no one goes hungry during this health emergency.
“The council and its partners have already made significant progress in developing a network of Community Support Centres and the infrastructure to ensure that vital supplies can reach those most in need across the city.
“Our recently launched helpline for those shielding themselves against the virus has already been taking calls from people seeking urgent deliveries.
“We are also currently finalising arrangements around free school meals for families who qualify for school clothing grants.
“This new funding will bolster the work to support vulnerable people in Dundee as the virus makes an impact across our communities.”
Full details about the food fund can be found at https://www.gov.scot/news/coronavirus-food-fund/
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